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merchant of doom

A person who always focuses on the potential negative outcomes of a situation. I refuse to watch the evening news anymore because the reporters have all become merchants of doom.
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rip-off merchant

One who cons or otherwise deceives people. I wouldn't play cards against him if I were you—he has a reputation as a rip-off merchant.
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*busy as a beaver (building a new dam)

 and *busy as a bee; *busy as a one-armed paperhanger; *busy as Grand Central Station; *busy as a cat on a hot tin roof; *busy as a fish peddler in Lent; *busy as a cranberry merchant (at Thanksgiving); *busy as popcorn on a skillet
very busy. (*Also: as ~.) My boss keeps me as busy as a one-armed paperhanger. I don't have time to talk to you. I'm as busy as a beaver. When the tourist season starts, this store is busy as Grand Central Station. Sorry I can't go to lunch with you. I'm as busy as a beaver building a new dam. Prying into other folks' business kept him busy as popcorn on a skillet.
See also: beaver, busy

busy as a beaver

Also, busy as a bee. Hardworking, very industrious, as in With all her activities, Sue is always busy as a bee, or Bob's busy as a beaver trying to finish painting before it rains. The comparison to beavers dates from the late 1700s, the variant from the late 1300s. Also see eager beaver; work like a beaver.
See also: beaver, busy

speed merchant

n. someone who does something fast: a runner, pitcher, swimmer, driver, etc. What a pitch! That guy is a speed merchant for sure.
See also: merchant, speed
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SecureCode must be offered by your card's issuing bank and merchants must be signed up for consumers to benefit.
Profile Management is available to merchants using Paymentech's proprietary Internet payment system, called Orbital Gateway, as well as merchants using the Orbital Virtual Terminal to manage transaction processing from a web browser.
Basing her interpretation on an intensive prosopographic study of about two hundred wholesale merchants of the viceregal capital during the period 1590-1660, the inner workings of their enterprises, and the rhythms of trade and investment.
NPC is the largest provider of payment processing services exclusively focused on small and medium sized merchants in the United States, and the leading merchant acquirer focused on the ISO segment.
By offering merchants an array of payment processing services, Thompson serves as a middleman between online retailers and their customers.
By combining both incentives and fines, we expect acquirers to increase their efforts with merchants to accelerate their progress toward becoming PCI compliant and eliminating the storage of sensitive card data.
com) provides merchants an affordable online system that saves them time and money uploading products to multiple shopping comparison engines.
FAC) is offering referral partners protection from losing merchants, immediate income with upfront sign-on bonuses for every new merchant following bank approval, and lifetime, profit-building residuals in multiple currencies.
Based upon the number of merchants served, the combined business will rank as the 6th largest merchant acquirer in the United States and process more than $25 billion in purchase volume.
NOVA to Offer Pricing, Processing, Settlement and Support to Merchants
Yet, many merchants are confused by the complexity of interchange rates, markups and other related fees.
It also allows consumers to locate secure merchants to purchase from by highlighting fast, secure places to shop in paid search advertisements.
NEW YORK -- Fitch Ratings has downgraded the Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) rating of Merchants Insurance Company of New Hampshire (MNH) to 'BBB-' from 'A-'.
Merchants accepting PayPal payments can now operate a turn-key reward program for their customers.
COM), the destination online marketplace where consumers enjoy one-stop shopping from thousands of trusted brands using a single account, today introduced new and extremely robust online tools for merchants to more easily manage their stores within the SHOP.