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if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it is a duck

If something has all the characteristics of a thing, it is probably that thing, regardless of what it is called or presented as. There are many variations of the expression, and it is often shortened to the first part of the phrase. They say it's not a tax, but if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it is a duck.
See also: and, duck, if, like, look, walk

quack

n. a fraudulent physician; a derogatory term for a physician. I won’t go back to that quack ever again!
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In our rural areas, literacy rate is very low, most of the population is very poor and people have a trend of consulting quacks for their ailments instead of visiting medical health facilities.
Quacks may claim that their product or service has been "Used for centuries
Another example of a dental quack was William Salmon, in 17th Century London [16], and Tim Bobbins "Lancashire Hob and the Quack Doctor" [17].
Being unaware of the ill-effects and side-effects of medicines, these quacks give patients different medicines at will.
Nancy Linton," a hand-colored lithograph of the same era, illustrates the dubious benefits of taking Swaim's Panacea, while "The Travelling Quack," an 1889 political satire, assails British Prime Minister William Gladstone for promoting an "Infallible Home Rule Ointment.
Research by Middlesex university principal lecturer English lecturer Victoria de Rijke has described the Cockney quack as ``raucous and loud'' while the Cornish one was ``quieter, appearing more chilled and laid back''.
The conclusion was a duck's quack definitely echoes, just like any other sound -but you might not notice it.
After receiving numerous e-mails and calls about its duck, Aflac began selling a variety of duck items, including a stuffed version of the duck that quacks "Aflac" when squeezed, on its Web site.
Although a homeopathic practitioner may be a seasoned expert in his or her field, the absence of widespread homeopathic legislation helps discredit its practice and creates more room for quacks.
What's the difference between a quack remedy and the placebo effect?
Often quack products are fairly easy to spot, like the magic pills you are supposed to take to stay forever young.
Meanwhile, District administration Peshawar Friday arrested a quack doctor from Tehkal area and sealed his clinic.
A quack was arrested on November 6 for the death of a four- yearold boy after he gave expired medicines to the victim in west Delhi's Mayapuri.
1 of Devpur Panchayat, located 10 km away from Kapsi, Kanker where a young man Praan Krishna (22), suffering from casual fever, died due to sheer negligence of the quack.
But a strange thing happened along the way, and I come now to the real point of this little nature talk: Our crow couple, it suddenly dawned on us, sharing the premises with all those ducks, somehow learned to quack.