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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

no salesman will call

a phrase indicating that no salesman will visit or contact you if you make an inquiry about a product. All inquiries are confidential and no salesman will call.
See also: call, salesman, will
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But he denied grabbing the salesman by the face and denied pointing the knife at him.
I suspected my salesman of the robbery", the shop owner said, alleging that he "took the store's keys and stole the fabric and then sold it without bills".
He came alone and beat the salesman up and took his phone away.
One of the suspects had left a slipper at the scene, but it could not be used as evidence because the salesman accidentally touched it.
The year before, he was Suzuki`s top salesman for the whole of the country and was presented with a special award by Suzuki GB sales director David Seward.
Many of the customers are regular, so when they come to my shop, they like to take only a few movies," said the salesman who didn't want to be named.
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And every ti me he decides on a new model, he brings in lunch for the salesman and his team.
The play, which was penned in 1949 and won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, is concerned with the downfall of salesman Willy Loman.
Co-produced by Will Ferrell, and starring award-winning actors Jeremy Piven and Ving Rhames, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard tells the story of hard-living car salesman and his outrageous team as they are hired to save a failing smalltown dealership.
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I brag about being the world's worst salesman - and deserve a medal for my attitude.
He went from being a down-and-out insurance salesman early in life to an internationally known speaker and best-selling author of The Greatest Salesman in the World.
The personification of Life as a salesman and the description of love as "a pig-in-a-poke" makes us smile with recognition.
RIYADH: Police arrested a middle-aged Saudi man who robbed 15 kilograms of gold from a jewelry salesman in the Naseem district of Riyadh on Saturday, press reports said yesterday.