trade on
phrasal to take often unscrupulous advantage of ; exploit <
traded on their influence…in securing special favors — T. C. Pease
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  • trade on — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms trade on : present tense I/you/we/they trade on he/she/it trades on present participle trading on past tense traded on past participle traded on trade on something to get an advantage by making use of… …   English dictionary

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  • trade on — take advantage of. → trade …   English new terms dictionary

  • trade on — he trades on his friendship with powerful people Syn: exploit, take advantage of, capitalize on, profit from, use, make use of; milk; informal cash in on …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • trade on — {v.} To use as a way of helping yourself. * /The coach traded on the pitcher s weakness for left handed batters by using all his southpaws./ * /The senator s son traded on his father s name when he ran for mayor./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • trade on — {v.} To use as a way of helping yourself. * /The coach traded on the pitcher s weakness for left handed batters by using all his southpaws./ * /The senator s son traded on his father s name when he ran for mayor./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • trade\ on — v To use as a way of helping yourself. The coach traded on the pitcher s weakness for left handed batters by using all his southpaws. The senator s son traded on his father s name when he ran for mayor …   Словарь американских идиом

  • trade on — PHRASAL VERB If someone trades on something, they make use of it for their own advantage, often in an unfair way. [V P n] He was a man who traded on the achievements of others …   English dictionary

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