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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.
The same footage inspired Jhabvala to write the Merchant Ivory Productions drama Autobiography of a Princess (1975), starring James Mason and Madhur Jaffrey.
For all future transactions, whether they are charges or credits, the merchant submits the customer identifier, and Paymentech uses the data on file to process the transaction.
But then life isn't always fair,'' Merchant replied the other day from his Santa Monica home.
A key to the success of the merchant banks has been their ability to invest their own capital.
Then again, her account (Chapter 5) of the negotiations over a number of decades between Crown and merchant groups over mercantile and sales tax assessments illustrates nicely the apparently absolutist but actually rather porous institutional structure of the colonial regime so familiar to students of the Spanish empire up the Bourbon reforms of the late eighteenth century.
From authorization and capture services to the clearing and settling of merchant transactions, critical customer support functions and information management services, TSYS Acquiring Solutions helps acquirers effectively manage and grow their merchant portfolios.
For merchants interested in setting up an e-commerce Website, Thompson recommends creating an online merchant account and payment gateway, one of the services his company offers.
Acquirers will also be required to validate Level 1 and 2 merchant compliance with PIN security standards.
99/month for submission to Google Base (which automatically gets the merchant on Froogle and possibly Google itself) and just $129.
Also new to the merchant referral program is an up-front signing bonus, whereby qualifying partners can earn up to $300 for every new, bank-approved, signed deal.
Our combined operations represent the largest merchant acquirer focused on serving the ISO channel, and I believe the application of best practices across the businesses will drive even higher levels of service for all of our ISO partners.
The ability to offer Discover Network card processing streamlines the merchant experience by eliminating the complexities of dealing with multiple providers.
In an environment where card usage by consumers is growing, security issues such as identity theft and identity fraud are commonplace, and card processing has become mission-critical, The Merchant Bill of Rights provides owners of small and mid-sized businesses with the same competitive edge major retailers with sophisticated internal purchasing organizations enjoy.
We've been working closely with ChannelAdvisor and Google on the development of Google Checkout and we're excited to go live with support in all of our online channels today," said Mark Fitzgerald, Managing Partner/CTO of Grapevinehill, a top online shoe merchant.