One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An allowance of extra weight made to purchasers of certain goods to compensate for waste during transportation.
- ‘So many basic techniques have been lost: rule 5 of Tare and Tret for example.’
- ‘The Tret was an allowance of 1/26th part of the whole weight of certain kinds of goods, which was granted to the purchaser free of charge to allow for waste.’
Late 15th century: from an Old French variant of trait ‘draught’ (see trait).
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.