to trade on

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - trade on

"to trade on"

to use a fact or a situation to a person's advantage


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - trade on

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Do you think that John will trade on his previous experience doing business in China to get that choice new managerial position that is opening up in Shanghai?

Colleague 2: Of course he will use his experience to his advantage. Who wouldn't?

Colleague 1: And do you think he will get the post because of his previous experience?

Colleague 2: Probably.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - trade on

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: There you are. I had a very difficult time finding you here in the theater. I looked for you in our assigned seats but you weren't there. How did you get a front row seat?

Friend 2: I traded on my extremely poor eyesight. The person that was in this seat took pity on me and is sitting in my original seat.

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to trade on - Usage:


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to trade on - Gerund Form:

Trading on his good looks, he did not need much talent to progress.

to trade on - Examples:

1)  Too many men and women trade on their looks but don't work on their personality or character.

2)  Your comment was juvenile and your attempt to trade on the name of Dr. Mullis, while remaining anonymous, is despicable.

3)  ... in recreating the tangible act of illustration, trade on the intangible benefits of old-fashioned post: the anticipation of response; the sender ...

4)  ... picture of a corrupt network of professionals who chose to break the rules and to trade on inside information all in order to make a quick buck.

5)  Likewise, we're discovering ways to demonstrate learning and achievement, allowing graduates to trade on their merits, rather than relying so heavily on the reputation of an alma mater.

6)  ... will sound a death-knell for a range of inefficient platforms in the bioenergy space that trade on political connections and temporary subsidies.

7)  If Amanda would rather trade on her fan relationship than borrow money from hubby that's between her and the ...

8)  ... no redress; they must simply bow before the dictates of this company, who trade on the fact of their being an old established line, and a very desirable ...

9)  ... are notoriously tricky for this, while many Caribbean and Southeast Asian nations, which trade on their reputations as romantic vacation destinations, are more lenient. 

10)  Restaurants with views sometimes trade on what's outside the window rather than what's on the table.

11)  People hate it when big shots use their status to trade on information the rest of us don't have access to.

12)  Congress has exempted itself from insider-trading laws, so Congress-people are allowed to trade on private information that they gather in the course of their work.

13)  ... who must work to supplement their trust funds loathe their mundane jobs; the women trade on their beauty or their fortunes to get one of these men.

14)  ... doubt impossible to to impose a clear benchmark. As I see it most directories trade on the ability to pass PageRank and could fall into a MFPR category.

15)  We can trade on his desires to get him to be responsible for our priorities.

16)  ... sack the staff, close down the offices and then simply let them trade on reputation with zero overheads until the products die off. 

17)  ... while all it really is is a way for companies to trade on their name while relieving authors of money that could be better spent on promotions.

18)  Once you reach critical mass you start to trade on the goodwill of established brand names. 

19)  ... biggest hits at the time, largely because the company very effectively had learned to trade on anime's more controversial aspects to create a buzz amongst nerdy young fans.

20)  Famous authors trade on their brand; their stories only need to be good enough.