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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Diet scams are not new, they've been around for centuries, from soothsayers through to snake-oil salesmen.
UKIP triumphed in Clacton, and will do so elsewhere next May, because, like snake-oil salesmen, they promise fake cures to all ills.
In years past, the UAE has weathered its fair share of scamming trends from snake-oil salesmen who offer cheap Italian suits from the trunk of a car to the ever-present family guy with six kids in his car who asks for Dh100 in petrol money to limp home to safety.
No wonder bankers are now regarded as poorly as used car sellers, politicians and other snake-oil salesmen - all cents and no responsibility.
If however, they don't have those things they may be 'social media gurus', as I unfairly labelled them and snake-oil salesmen.
The idea is simple: knowing the great masters makes you to construct more robust models, and at the same time it impedes snake-oil salesmen from fooling around.
It's not as though we're the most revered folks under the best of circumstances; studies continue to show that we're ranked slightly below snake-oil salesmen in terms of ethics.
I''m afraid that only non-technical Arts Graduates and money-making subsidy-collecting, snake-oil salesmen and carpet-baggers could dream up such an irrational way of generating electricity to power a populous developed country.
These snake-oil salesmen tried to pull the wool over everyone's eyes with figures to back up their callous plot to close crucial Accident and Emergency units at two major hospitals in the heart of Scotland's most deprived areas.
I tell this story to convince readers that financial aid officers are not all snake-oil salesmen.
Smart-talkin' dudes with a yankee drawl, Snake-oil salesmen ain't got no soul, We played the game and we walked tall.
As much as I would like to paint all those diet-hysteria gurus as snake-oil salesmen cult leaders preaching the tenets of grapefruit this week and Grape Nuts the next, it's not all their fault, either.
He offers here well-aimed slaps at Kurzweil and various silicon snake-oil salesmen.
It is also true that, "American moguls, snake-oil salesmen and politicians looking to score riches or power will stop at little if they feel it is in their interests to exploit God to achieve those ends" (p.
Bottom line: Stop wasting your time with the snake-oil salesmen, books and seminars when you could be writing a business plan, improving your credit and talking to professional business counselors who can assist you getting started.