Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

trick(s) of the trade

trick of the tradetricks of the trade
Meaning(s)
1) a shortcut or a fast and effective way of doing something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional LowSocial
    • learn the tricks of the trade
  • Analysis
    This expression refers to special skills, techniques, or methods used by professionals to do something in a quicker, easier, or more efficient way. These special skills are learned or picked up through experience as part of doing one's job or performing a task or activity regularly. They tend to be associated with a particular trade or profession and are little known by outsiders. It can be used negatively, such as when referring to taking a shortcut to do something rather than being thorough. The expression is used mainly in a professional context and is similar to the phrases 'know-how,' and 'business savvy.'
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. My mother has been baking for years, she knows all the little tricks of the trade.
    2. There are a few tricks of the trade you need to know if you are trying to sell your home.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Being able to make a clear and effective sales pitch is a major trick of my trade. It is, therefore, something I have worked on a lot over the years.
    2. I'm lucky that I have a mentor in the office to teach me some of the tricks of the trade.
    3. Jack is a very smart and canny operator. He knows all the tricks of the trade.
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