trade Idioms & Phrases


anti-trade

An"ti-trade` noun

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  1. A tropical wind blowing steadily in a direction opposite to the trade wind.
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Balance of trade

  • noun the difference in value over a period of time of a country's imports and exports of merchandise
    visible balance; trade balance; balance of trade.
    • a nation's balance of trade is favorable when its exports exceed its imports
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  • (Pol. Econ.), an equilibrium between the money values of the exports and imports of a country; or more commonly, the amount required on one side or the other to make such an equilibrium.
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Board of trade

  • in England, a committee of the privy council appointed to superintend matters relating to trade. In the United States, a body of men appointed for the advancement and protection of their business interests; a chamber of commerce.
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board of trade unit

  • noun a unit of energy equal to the work done by a power of 1000 watts operating for one hour
    kW-hr; B.T.U.; kilowatt hour.
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bond trading

  • noun trading in bonds (usually by a broker on the floor of an exchange)
    bond trading.
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bond-trading activity

  • noun trading in bonds (usually by a broker on the floor of an exchange)
    bond trading.
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carriage trade

  • noun trade from upper-class customers
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Carrying trade

  • the business of transporting goods, etc., from one place or country to another by water or land; freighting.
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Coasting trade

  • trade carried on by water between neighboring ports of the same country, as distinguished fron foreign trade or trade involving long voyages.
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combination in restraint of trade

  • noun (law) any monopoly or contract or combination or conspiracy intended to restrain commerce (which are illegal according to antitrust laws of the United States)
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exchange traded fund

  • noun a mutual fund that is traded on a stock exchange
    ETF.
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fair trade

  • noun trade that satisfies certain criteria on the supply chain of the goods involved, usually including fair payment for producers; often with other social and environmental considerations
  • noun trade that is conducted legally
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fair-trade act

  • noun formerly a state law that protected manufacturers from price-cutting by allowing them to set minimum retail prices for their merchandise; eliminated by the United States Congress in 1975
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fair-trade agreement

  • noun an agreement (illegal in the United States) between the manufacturer of a trademarked item of merchandise and its retail distributors to sell the item at a price at or above the price set by the manufacturer
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federal trade commission

  • noun an independent agency of the United States federal government that maintains fair and free competition; enforces federal antitrust laws; educates the public about identity theft
    FTC.
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Free trade

  • noun international trade free of government interference
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  • commerce unrestricted by duties or tariff regulations.
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general agreement on tariffs and trade

  • noun a United Nations agency created by a multinational treaty to promote trade by the reduction of tariffs and import quotas
    GATT.
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horse trade

  • noun the swapping of horses (accompanied by much bargaining)
    horse trade.
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horse trading

  • noun the swapping of horses (accompanied by much bargaining)
    horse trade.
  • noun negotiation accompanied by mutual concessions and shrewd bargaining
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horse-trade

  • verb negotiate with much give and take
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insider trading

  • noun buying or selling corporate stock by a corporate officer or other insider on the basis of information that has not been made public and is supposed to remain confidential
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jack of all trades

  • noun a person able to do a variety of different jobs acceptably well
  • noun a man skilled in various odd jobs and other small tasks
    odd-job man; handyman.
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Jack-at-all-trades

  • one who can turn his hand to any kind of work.
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national trading policy

  • noun a government's policy controlling foreign trade
    national trading policy.
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north american free trade agreement

  • noun an agreement for free trade between the United States and Canada and Mexico; became effective in 1994 for ten years
    NAFTA.
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program trading

  • noun a trading technique involving large blocks of stock with trades triggered by computer programs
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rag trade

  • noun makers and sellers of fashionable clothing
    apparel industry; fashion industry; fashion business; garment industry.
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restraint of trade

  • noun any act that tends to prevent free competition in business
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Slave trade

  • noun traffic in slaves; especially in Black Africans transported to America in the 16th to 19th centuries
    slave traffic.
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  • the busines of dealing in slaves, especially of buying them for transportation from their homes to be sold elsewhere.
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Stock in trade

  • the goods kept for sale by a shopkeeper; the fittings and appliances of a workman. Simmonds.
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stock-in-trade

  • noun any equipment constantly used as part of a profession or occupation
    • friendliness is the salesman's stock in trade
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the tricks of the trade

  • it means simply specialized knowledge, in a good or neutral sense.
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trade acceptance

  • noun a bill of exchange for a specific purchase; drawn on the buyer by the seller and bearing the buyer's acceptance
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trade balance

  • noun the difference in value over a period of time of a country's imports and exports of merchandise
    visible balance; trade balance; balance of trade.
    • a nation's balance of trade is favorable when its exports exceed its imports
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trade barrier

  • noun any regulation or policy that restricts international trade
    import barrier.
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trade bill

  • noun a statute that would regulate foreign trade
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trade book

  • noun a book intended for general readership
    trade book.
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trade cycle

  • noun recurring fluctuations in economic activity consisting of recession and recovery and growth and decline
    business cycle.
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trade deficit

  • noun an excess of imports over exports
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trade discount

  • noun a discount from the list price of a commodity allowed by a manufacturer or wholesaler to a merchant
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Trade dollar

  • . See under Dollar.
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trade edition

  • noun a book intended for general readership
    trade book.
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trade embargo

  • noun a government order imposing a trade barrier
    embargo; trade embargo.
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trade expense

  • noun ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in a taxpayer's business or trade
    business expense.
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trade gap

  • noun the difference in value over a period of time of a country's imports and exports of merchandise
    visible balance; trade balance; balance of trade.
    • a nation's balance of trade is favorable when its exports exceed its imports
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trade good

  • noun articles of commerce
    good; commodity.
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trade in

  • verb turn in as payment or part payment for a purchase
    trade.
    • trade in an old car for a new one
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trade magazine

  • noun a magazine published for and read by members of a particular trade group
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trade name

  • noun a name given to a product or service
    marque; brand; brand name.
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trade policy

  • noun a government's policy controlling foreign trade
    national trading policy.
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Trade price

  • the price at which goods are sold to members of the same trade, or by wholesale dealers to retailers.
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trade protection

  • noun the imposition of duties or quotas on imports in order to protect domestic industry against foreign competition
    protection.
    • he made trade protection a plank in the party platform
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trade rat

  • noun any of several bushy-tailed rodents of the genus Neotoma of western North America; hoards food and other objects
    Neotoma cinerea; bushytail woodrat; packrat; pack rat.
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trade route

  • noun a lane at sea that is a regularly used route for vessels
    seaway; ship route; sea lane.
  • noun a route followed by traders (usually in caravans)
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Trade sale

  • an auction by and for the trade, especially that of the booksellers.
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trade school

  • noun a secondary school teaching the skilled trades
    vocational school.
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trade secret

  • noun a secret (method or device or formula) that gives a manufacturer an advantage over the competition
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trade stoppage

  • noun a government order imposing a trade barrier
    embargo; trade embargo.
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trade union

  • noun an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer
    union; brotherhood; labor union; trade union.
    • you have to join the union in order to get a job
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trades" un`ion, Trade" un`ion

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  • trades union
  • Trade union
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  1. An organized combination among workmen for the purpose of maintaining their rights, privileges, and interests with respect to wages, hours of labor, customs, etc.
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trade union movement

  • noun an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement
    labor movement; labor.
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trade unionism

  • noun the system or principles and theory of labor unions
    unionism.
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trade unionist

  • noun a worker who belongs to a trade union
    union member; unionist.
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Trade wind

  • noun steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator
    trade.
    • they rode the trade winds going west
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  • a wind in the torrid zone, and often a little beyond at, which blows from the same quarter throughout the year, except when affected by local causes; so called because of its usefulness to navigators, and hence to trade.
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trade-in

  • noun an item of property that is given in part payment for a new one
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trade-last

  • noun a compliment that I heard about you that I offer to trade for a compliment you have heard about me
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trade-mark

Trade"-mark` noun

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  1. A peculiar distinguishing mark or device affixed by a manufacturer or a merchant to his goods, the exclusive right of using which is recognized by law.
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trade-off

  • noun an exchange that occurs as a compromise
    tradeoff.
    • I faced a tradeoff between eating and buying my medicine
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trades union

  • noun an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer
    union; brotherhood; labor union; trade union.
    • you have to join the union in order to get a job
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trades" un`ion, Trade" un`ion

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  • trades union
  • Trade union
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  1. An organized combination among workmen for the purpose of maintaining their rights, privileges, and interests with respect to wages, hours of labor, customs, etc.
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trades-unionist

Trades"-un`ion*ist, Trade"-un`ion*ist noun

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  • Trades-unionist
  • Trade-unionist
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  1. A member of a trades union, or a supporter of trades unions.
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trading card

  • noun a card with a picture on it; collected and traded by children
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trading floor

  • noun a large room in a exchange where the trading is done
    floor.
    • he is a floor trader
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trading operations

  • noun financial transactions at a brokerage; having to do with the execution of trades and keeping customer records
    operations.
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trading post

  • noun a retail store serving a sparsely populated region; usually stocked with a wide variety of merchandise
    country store; general store.
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trading stamp

  • noun a token resembling a stamp given by a retailer to a buyer; the token is redeemable for articles on a special list
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Transit trade

  • (Com.), the business conected with the passage of goods through a country to their destination.
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united states trade representative

  • noun the executive agency that administers the President's policies on international trade
    United States Trade Representative.
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us trade representative

  • noun the executive agency that administers the President's policies on international trade
    United States Trade Representative.
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world trade center

  • noun twin skyscrapers 110 stories high in New York City; built 1368 feet tall in 1970 to 1973; destroyed by a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001
    twin towers; WTC.
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world trade organization

  • noun an international organization based in Geneva that monitors and enforces rules governing global trade
    WTO.
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