tools of the/one's trade

Definition of tools of the/one's trade

:a set of tools or skills that are necessary for a particular kind of job or work
  • She showed me her paints, brushes, and the other tools of her trade.

Word by Word Definitions

tool play tools
  1. : a handheld device that aids in accomplishing a task

  2. : the cutting or shaping part in a machine or machine tool

  3. : a machine for shaping metal : machine tool

  1. : drive, ride

  2. : to equip a plant or industry with the means (such as machines, machine tools, and instruments) of production

  3. : to shape, form, or finish with a tool

  1. : a design (as on the binding of a book) made by tooling

trade play
  1. : the business of buying and selling or bartering commodities : commerce

  2. : business, market

  3. : dealings between persons or groups

  1. : to give one thing in exchange for another

  2. : to engage in the exchange, purchase, or sale of goods

  3. : to make one's purchases : shop

  1. : of, relating to, or used in trade

  2. : intended for or limited to persons in a business or industry

  3. : serving others in the same business rather than the ultimate user or consumer


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