› (also trading stock) ACCOUNTING, FINANCE goods, such as parts, materials, and other assets, that a company or person owns: Land is both stock-in-trade and a financial liability. This list of contacts is your stock-in-trade.
› the normal business of a person or company: Stories about scams are the stock-in-trade of political reporters. This company's stock-in-trade is buying houses in poor shape, fixing them up, and reselling them.
› someone's usual behaviour or characteristics: His stock-in-trade was a volcanic anger.