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 ?
I judged the fellows to be strolling conjurors, and the boy with the bag to be carrying the tools of their trade.
While Southern Californians are paying steep fuel prices - in some cases as much as $3 a gallon - Rubalcada and other gardeners feel the pinch all the more: On top of the hundreds of miles traveled each week, they must also fuel up lawn mowers, weed whackers and the other tools of their trade.
Using 40 case histories, Owen tracks the spies and the tools of their trade to reveal the furtive history of espionage.
The tools of their trade include a $250,000 electron microscope designed by Scotland Yard for forensic work and laser-driven fingerprint scanning devices.
He added, "In my profession, I rely on high tech solutions for performance and safety, and I'm a strong believer that workers should expect no less from the tools of their trade and their safety equipment.
with their lunch and the tools of their trade - knowledge and experience.
With over 150 stands, the exhibition will provide researchers in both the industrial and academic sectors with the best possible overview of the tools of their trade.
It's as if they're against the possession of guns by amateurs but hate the idea of denying professionals the necessary tools of their trade.
This will enable the users to have instant access to "the tools of their trade.
From a trailer hitched to the back of their van, the Tamais, with the help of their son, James, unloaded the tools of their trade - three grizzled lawnmowers, a weathered collection of hoes, pitchforks, shovels, brooms and rakes, and the gardener's calling card - a gasoline-powered leaf blower.
The whole idea behind PDLab," says Bill Hanson, president of TPR, "is to make available to printer development specialists the tools of their trade.