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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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A trickster snake-oil salesman is himself tricked by demons.
It would take a snake-oil salesman of particular genius to sell this Kool-Aid to the sullen urban youths hanging around the corner and wondering why only the rich get richer.
Because with the potentially damning Chilcot report finally on the horizon, his insincere, snake-oil salesman spin of regret looks uncannily like the smoke, mirrors and manipulation that he used to take the country to war in the first place.
POTIONS He was the modern equivalent of a snake-oil salesman, flogging his internet potions to the gullible while boasting that he could make them as rich as he was.
This is precisely what snake-oil salesman Salmond calculated would happen.
Oleaginous, lugubriously lipped recruiters, who would make even a snake-oil salesman blush, accused of charging sponsors a huge fee and then leaving the recruits to languish under the burden of reimbursing their huge "fees" to pay for their visas or return of passport, maids sometimes being assigned to Dickensian-style workhouse conditions and if in desperation, they run away, they enter the netherworld of being trapped in Bahrain.
He's overly courteous in a false, snake-oil salesman way.
Frontman JD Wilkes conjures images of Iggy Pop, a medicine-show snake-oil salesman and whisky priest in his harmonica-blowing theatrical antics.
At Next American City, WILLY STALEY saw something familiar in ALEC MACGILLIS' assessment of suburban-renewal guru Richard Florida ("The Ruse of the Creative Class"): "MacGillis paints the professor as some sort of urban-planning snake-oil salesman.
In the humane community, we knew the real face of Ed Boks - which was a charlatan, which was a snake-oil salesman.
Once again, after a hundred years of science, "beware the snake-oil salesman.
On CBS, Clinton told Dan Rather that he hated the term Slick Willie because it dismissed him as a snake-oil salesman who believed in nothing.
It really sounds like a snake-oil salesman, even though there's a lot of truth to it.
org to better understand Richard Berman's number one goal: to be the best snake-oil salesman ever.
BORIS Johnson personifies the smarmy snake-oil salesman type of politician.