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 "saleswoman" or "salesperson.") 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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He was a snake oil salesman. It was all smoke and mirrors.
In sentencing, the judge described him as a "snake oil salesman" and said the devices were "entirely a sham".
Daft Don's just another snake oil salesman who probably thinks erudite is a glue.
The prickly, pocket-sized presenter sounds like a 21st century snake oil salesman for pushing a PS2,500 electromagnetic pulse machine as a cancer treatment when even the manufacturer dismisses his claims.
The American snake oil salesman has been in the UK, churning out begging letters and holding a rally to heal the sick.
He was a snake oil salesman who could have filled buckets of the stuff.
I CAN'T help but liken David Cameron to a snake oil salesman, such is his desperation to hold on to power.
NAME: DAVID CAMERON, 46 JOB: Prime Minister EDUCATION: Eton College & Oxford FORMER JOB: Snake oil salesman for Carlton TV.
And the tragedy is Mr Snake Oil Salesman's shameless spin is being swallowed.
The Labour government's failure to make the case for taxes over the past dozen years is coming back to haunt it as David Cameron plays the snake oil salesman.