to trade upon

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - trade upon

"to trade upon"

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


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - trade upon

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Do you think that John will trade upon 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 upon

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 upon 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 upon - Usage:


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to trade upon - Gerund Form:

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

to trade upon - Examples:

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

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

3)  ... in recreating the tangible act of illustration, trade upon 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 upon 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 upon 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 upon political connections and temporary subsidies.

7)  If Amanda would rather trade upon 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 upon 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 upon their reputations as romantic vacation destinations, are more lenient. 

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

11)  People hate it when big shots use their status to trade upon 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 upon 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 upon 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 upon the ability to pass PageRank and could fall into a MFPR category.

15)  We can trade upon 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 upon reputation with zero overheads until the products die off. 

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

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

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

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