tools of the/one's trade

idiom

: 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.

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Recent Examples on the Web While pickup trucks were once body-on-frame tools of the trade defined by their max tow ratings and engine output, today's full-size pickups are often judged by their luxury-grade interiors and tech features. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 9 Sep. 2021 Crisp and Clear Speech, Always Professional-grade recording equipment and editing software may not be available to everyone, but you can get set up with the basic tools of the trade for a few hundred dollars. Zoe Pickburn, Wired, 13 Sep. 2021 Are there certain tools of the trade that forensic anthropologists use that are key to doing your work? Time, 27 May 2021 The only sure winners in arms races are the corporations that supply the tools of the trade. The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Her group helps to destigmatize women’s roles in every facet of the business and train those that wish to advance in tech and production work, with AI becoming more advanced and tools of the trade updating rapidly. Holly Jones, Variety, 2 Dec. 2023 For that film, Mann had a criminal teach Caan the tools of the trade. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 23 Aug. 2023 Team members and parents said among the items were cash, a couple of players’ backpacks and head coach Curtis Nayokpuk’s bag that included some tools of the trade like a clipboard. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2023 The tools of the trade are fairly standard: A variety of specialized rakes, shovels and hoes to clear the brush where needed and a drip torch to provide the flame. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 12 Feb. 2023

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“Tools of the/one's trade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tools%20of%20the%2Fone%27s%20trade. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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