the tools of the/(one's) trade

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the tools of the/(one's) trade

The specific tools used in a particular profession. If you want to become a painter, you have to familiarize yourself with the tools of the trade—which include more than just paintbrushes. As a reporter, the tools of my trade used to be a pencil and a pad of paper—but now technology has changed the game.
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the tools of the trade

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the tools of your trade

The tools of the trade or the tools of your trade are the skills and equipment that you need to do your job. He was never really a novelist, having no use for the usual tools of the trade such as plot and suspense. The peasants were deprived of their animals, the tools of their trade, and their land.
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the tools of the/your ˈtrade

the things you need to do your job: We are proud to make David’s boots, because they are the tools of his trade as a professional footballer.Ambulancemen now believe that helicopters are vital tools of the trade.
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References in classic literature ?
Some- times he was so angry that, although the cat had disappeared, he hurled sticks, bits of broken glass, and even some of the tools of his trade about.
In the labour department, every patient is as freely trusted with the tools of his trade as if he were a sane man.
This photo, showing the tools of his trade, was taken about 1900 near Veneta.
It is the painterly use to which the tools of his trade are put that darifies the title of Bradford's first solo New York exhibition, "I Don't Think You Ready For This Jelly" (from a recent song by pop group Destiny's Child).
And he has had it since he was 2, the same age that Cypress phenomenon-turned-pro Eldrick ``Tiger'' Woods was when he took up the tools of his trade.
The guitar and amp provided the perfect medium because the equipment reflect the synergy between the tools of his trade and my interpretation of Jimi's spirit as both a fan and an artist.