by trade

by trade

By professional training, experience, and/or expertise. Often used as a contrast to other work one undertakes. Joe is a carpenter by trade, but he also gets a lot of side work as an electrician. I'm an actor and a writer by trade, but I work in the restaurant to make ends meet.
See also: by, trade
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While the regulations require inventory cost to be reduced by trade discounts, they are silent as to any specific methods for doing so.
Attention to job training for those displaced by trade agreements has been laughably small, with only $65 million devoted to it in the last fast track legislation.
That doesn't mean we should ignore those displaced by trade. It would be far less costly to offer training vouchers to these people--to invest in our human capital--than to stop the benefits of trade from reaching the masses.
BOTH THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION and the world are possessed by trade agreement mania.
ETCs often are large trading organizations formed by trade associations, foreign banks or port authorities and usually can provide credit or other financing to both the buyer and seller.
Cummings' financial strategy is clearly influenced by trade considerations.