Thriving on

  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    Not really, Lucas. I suppose that you can use thrive on figuratively in this context, but it sounds unusual. If I wanted to express roughly the same idea, I would probably use the phrase without any reference to what that salesman is used to: That salesman thrives on negotiations.

    More often than not, I see and hear to thrive on something in more literal contexts: They thrive on a diet of beans and rice.
     

    abluter

    Senior Member
    British English
    It sounds more natural to say "That salesman thrives on negotiation", meaning he does well when haggling or bargaining is part of the transaction. It sounds idiomatic to me.
     
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