sales·​man·​ship | \ ˈsālz-mən-ˌship How to pronounce salesmanship (audio) \

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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That evident lack of finesse and salesmanship was costly. Conor Orr,, "Pat Shurmur Is Handling the Giants’ Complicated Quarterback Situation ... Well?," 23 Aug. 2019 The Sixth Sense might sound like a one-off smash that can’t be replicated, but its popularity is rooted in some of the oldest moviemaking traditions: plot gimmickry, good salesmanship, and genuine quality. David Sims, The Atlantic, "How The Sixth Sense Conquered Hollywood in 1999," 6 Aug. 2019 Most Q&As with young authors simply bend their idiom to a coded language of salesmanship. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's magazine, "Like This or Die," 10 Apr. 2019 Now, do these distinguished folks have the ability and salesmanship to get China, India and the other high-polluting countries to jump in and reduce fossil fuels and reduce air pollution with their broader border pollution solutions? WSJ, "Debating the Carbon Tax Dividend Strategy," 24 Jan. 2019 Her handbags, which until now have only been available by email request (a brilliant stroke of salesmanship that only heightened their covetability), are tucked away in a jewel box of a space at the back. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Gabriela Hearst Just Opened the Most Beautiful Store in New York City," 5 Nov. 2018 Whether that still holds true 50 years later in an age of far greater competition for our interest isn't clear, but today salesmanship certainly isn't the only reason to race. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "From efficiency to airflow, it’s a golden age for racing tech in our driveways," 23 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of salesmanship

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of salesmanship

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

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