ply (one's) trade

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ply (one's) trade

To go about one's normal business or employment. Primarily heard in UK. Despite the dominance of big supermarket chains, local vendors still ply their trade along the pedestrian area as they have done for decades.
See also: ply, trade
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Seeking to establish an emotional chord with the people belonging to Kumhar caste known to ply trade in pottery, Lalu described BJP as a kankar (pebble) and asked them to throw it out as they do to such objects from soiled earth while making pots and related products.
Fishermen ply trade in Skiathos; Explore beautiful Skiathos Town
The building would have been surrounded by a number of timber buildings where workers would ply trades in leather tanning, textiles and metalworking.