tools of the trade
- Items required for a person's occupation that, under many state laws, cannot be taken by creditors or a bankruptcy trustee, wholly or up to a specified cash value
- The chef had invested heavily in tools of the trade, from knives to high-end appliances.
- In her florist shop, she had every tool of the trade, from scissors to specially-designed vases.
- As a mechanic, the tools of the trade included everything from wrenches to diagnostic equipment.