sales·​man·​ship | \ˈsālz-mən-ˌship \

Definition of salesmanship 

1 : the skill or art of selling

2 : ability or effectiveness in selling or in presenting persuasively political salesmanship

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Most recent directors of the National Economic Council have not been academic economists, but the role has traditionally demanded more policy advice than salesmanship. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, "In Larry Kudlow, Trump Finds His Economic Evangelist," 15 Mar. 2018 House Republican leaders had seen Mr. Trump’s salesmanship as essential to pushing an immigration plan through the House. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Trump Says Republicans Should Stop ‘Wasting Time’ on Immigration," 22 June 2018 Middlemen sell America to the world One advantage that Rodman may have is his salesmanship — which perhaps explains his claim to have helped lay the groundwork for the Trump-Kim summit. Eric Grynaviski, Washington Post, "So Dennis Rodman may be in Singapore for the summit. That’s not as strange as it sounds.," 9 June 2018 Eataly's Eric Schack took home first place after scoring top marks in tests ranging from aroma and taste to salesmanship and plating. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Chèvre or Harbison? Cheesemongers Weigh In on The Best Cheese to Bring to a Picnic," 6 July 2018 Tristan, particularly, has a knack for salesmanship. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "Young entrepreneurs grow business acumen at farmers’ markets," 13 June 2018 Joshua Komer Joshua Komer Service, expertise and salesmanship Holloway was recently elected to the Monroe city council. Gavin Edwards, charlotteobserver, "Pianos, mules, guitar strings: A 106-year-old family business is bidding it all goodbye," 8 June 2018 But this is its own form of denial and masks the real reason: poor salesmanship. Stewart Easterby, WSJ, "Climate Activists Are Lousy Salesmen," 25 Apr. 2018 Better salesmanship of an inferior product is hucksterism and fraud. WSJ, "Climate Change Shouldn’t Need a Salesman," 7 May 2018

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1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of salesmanship was in 1880

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: the skill of persuading people to buy things or to accept or agree to something

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