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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The only thing that unites us is a distaste for snake oil salesmen and dodgy argument.
It is for this reason that I am usually never keen on Johnny-come-latelies who spring up around election time with powerful PowerPoint and PDF presentations promising heaven on earth to the club supporters.In the three decades that I have hang around Gor Mahia I have seen a thousand and one of these smooth snake oil salesmen who promise to take the club to Canaan only to turn into crocodiles that the club patron Raila Odinga talked about at the last general elections.
Then, to cap it all, the snake oil salesmen David Cameron and George Osborne claimed it was Labour who caused the crisis.
"FDA oversight of access to experimental treatments exists for a reason - it protects patients from potential snake oil salesmen or from experimental treatments that might do more harm than good," said Republican's Frank Pallone Jr., ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
In America's long history we've had the robber barons, slave labor, crooked politicians, the Mafia, street gangs, sweat shops, criminal endeavors legalized by Congress, land sharks, snake oil salesmen and millions of immoral acts that scandalized people did not discuss publicly.
He said: "My Lord O'Donnell has said that we're snake oil salesmen and he was cabinet secretary up until 2011 and in 2010 George Osborne, then chancellor, set up the Office for Budget Responsibility.
Hopefully, there will be more train-robbing and last stands this time than there are snake oil salesmen escort missions.
Next month we have the grotesque position that Labour voters need to vote in their millions to keep two snake oil salesmen like Cameron and Osborne in Downing Street ?
I appeal to everyone to vote against this collection of spivs, conmen and snake oil salesmen and take our country back into British ownership to be run by elected representatives not unelected commissioners who we cannot get rid of no matter how hopeless they are at their jobs.
issue!" Wagner exclaimed to the attendees, adding that financial advisors "are not snake oil salesmen."
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) fears that the new retirement flexibilities, which will start on April 6 and give people aged 55 and over more freedom over how they access their pension pot, could prompt a spate of "snake oil salesmen" seeking to get their hands on people's cash.
Performers this season include Inez Jasper, Jayli Wolf, hip hop artist Flex, comedian Lucas Jacko, Brendt Thomas Diablo, burlesque dancer Miss Lou Lou la Duchesse de Riere, Craig James Laur, Night Switch, The Snake Oil Salesmen, Ali Fontaine and Leonard Sumner.
The snake oil salesmen were thwarted through a disruption in information.
An extraordinary tour that focuses on eyebrow-raising historic moments, from snake oil salesmen who founded the best-known soda brands to how carbonated soft drinks flourished during Prohibition, aided Presidential candidates in their electoral battles, even influenced written laws.