trick of the trade

trick of the trade

A skill associated with a particular job that makes one more proficient, often acquired through experience. You'll get better at taking dictation—you're a receptionist now, and it's a trick of the trade. When you're a pediatrician, being able to stay calm while dealing with panicked parents is a trick of the trade.
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tricks of the trade

Certain clever or ingenious skills, techniques, or methods used by professionals to do something more easily or efficiently. My uncle used to be a tailor, so he taught me all the tricks of the trade to alter a shirt. My accountant friend is showing me the tricks of the trade to pay as few taxes as possible on my income.
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Finding the exact center of things where fractions are involved, like 3/8ths or 5/16ths, can be easy if you know this trick of the trade. Using a tape measure, hold the starting end on one side and stretch it straight across to the other side.
And, to quote Berlioz: "Add a triangle trill to a red-hot orchestra to turn it white hot!" Another 'trick of the trade' - just so!
Hospital doctors tried "every trick of the trade" to save stabbed schoolboy Imran Khan, a jury heard yesterday.