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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But these parents are often vulnerable people at the mercy of modern-day snake-oil salesmen.
Welsh also documents that sharks do get cancer (including excellent photographs), debunking the error-filled books of 1992 and 1996, which touted the wonders of taking shark cartilage, much like the snake-oil salesmen of long ago.
Get in touch Having denied that leaving had severe economic consequences Brexiters now plead with David Cameron to stay on to sort out the mess - such snake-oil salesmen.
The potentiality of a President Trump has many observers pondering Americans' susceptibility to snake-oil salesmen, making this a particularly opportune moment for a film like "Nuts," about a now-little-remembered public figure of great popular appeal nearly a century ago.
Elizabeth Warren think or say, you are not snake-oil salesmen.
Diet scams are not new, they've been around for centuries, from soothsayers through to snake-oil salesmen.
No match for Chinatown's snake-oil salesmen, Whitehall bureaucrats are unamused.
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.
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.
It's just that in this day of constant nagging from so many cyberspace snake-oil salesmen, some of us are apt to be just a trifle weary and a whole lot suspicious.
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.
Undermining the public's trust in the scientific community has become commonplace and reminiscent of the days of snake-oil salesmen who once flourished by preying on the naive.