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trade secret

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Trade
trade secretˌtrade ˈsecret noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1 BBTSECRETa piece of secret information about a particular business, that is only known by the people who work there 🔊 The Coca-Cola formula is a well-kept trade secret.2 informalSECRET a piece of information about how to do or make something, that you do not want other people to know 🔊 Could you give me the recipe for that ‘coq au vin’ or is it a trade secret?
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trade secret"What's the recipe?" "Sorry, that's a trade secret."There are strict laws against revealing trade secrets.
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