snake oil salesman


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snake oil salesman

Someone who sells, promotes, or is a general proponent of some valueless or fraudulent cure, remedy, or solution. (Can also be formed as "snake oil saleswoman" if referring to a woman, or "salesperson" to be gender neutral.) I find it hard to believe anyone would fall for those snake oil salesmen on TV selling holistic medicines and therapies. A lot of people have been swayed by the presidential candidate's plan for economic growth, but if you ask me, she sounds like a snake oil saleswoman.
See also: oil, salesman, snake
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Electrical handyman Steven Tondre was a typical Internet snake oil salesman, but unlike others of his ilk, he benefited from having bigger competitors.
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NAME: DAVID CAMERON, 46 JOB: Prime Minister EDUCATION: Eton College & Oxford FORMER JOB: Snake oil salesman for Carlton TV.
The snake oil salesman has a bare-faced cheek to pose as a new Tory when he's an old-fashioned right-winger with a flashy smile.