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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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You couldn't really blame him though, when you consider some of the footpads, cut purses and snake oil salesmen who've taken advantage of the largest ATM in the North East, and enriched themselves at the expense of the heaving masses in the UK's most deprived region.
Some of the snake oil salesmen with their cheesy patter would steal your watch after asking the time.
Performers this season include Inez Jasper, Jayli Wolf, hip hop artist Flex, comedian Lucas Jacko, Brendt Thomas Diablo, burlesque dancer Miss Lou Lou la Duchesse de Riere, Craig James Laur, Night Switch, The Snake Oil Salesmen, Ali Fontaine and Leonard Sumner.
An extraordinary tour that focuses on eyebrow-raising historic moments, from snake oil salesmen who founded the best-known soda brands to how carbonated soft drinks flourished during Prohibition, aided Presidential candidates in their electoral battles, even influenced written laws.
Despite a multitude of data that continually eviscerates the pseudo-science behind manmade warming, illustrating again that the Earth has gone through natural cycles since its very genesis, climate-change snake oil salesmen continue to ignore real science to pursue their political agenda of exploiting heartfelt environmental concerns for profit and power.
The album cover harkens back to the posters of the snake oil salesmen and traveling side shows of late 19th century America.
Like snake oil salesmen out to flog bad medicine, Cameron and Clegg left Downing Street yesterday morning with a million people's jobs and hopes trailing in their wake.
Soon we may expect a return to county fairs with snake oil salesmen peddling their wares from the back of a covered wagon.
It is the hope of clinicians that the snake oil salesmen that peddle cures and exploit the desperate will be tipped in the cobra-filled dustbin of oblivion," he writes in a vitriolic essay in the British Medical Journal.
Kids may learn to be a little less gullible when they read of the journalists, kings, famous Americans like Franklin and Lincoln, generals and snake oil salesmen who have deliberately tricked people into believing falsehoods for sometimes good, sometimes evil, and often financial ends.
One is the greedy, lying, cheating snake oil salesmen represented by Mark Twain's "The King and the Duke" The other is represented by the down-to-earth common-sensical Huck and Jim, and the decent entrepreneurial Tom.
This was back in the days when snake oil salesmen wereconvincing us that if a cow licked our head we could cure the baldness, (it didn't work - but I had a lovely steak and chips).
It's akin to snake oil salesmen, lacking serious, scientific proof,'' he said.
Of course everyone says their concoction is best but few of us have the skill or equipment to objectively judge those things, so the general field of firearms lubricants is a wonderful place for snake oil salesmen.
The Merthyr and Rhymney AM told the assembly's Social Justice Committee: 'The people of Merthyr have put up with snake oil salesmen in the past, being given false hope by different organisations and I have grave concerns about this consultation.