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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Their topics include new eyes: medicine's inability to see the core, the rectus femoris: the Rodney Dangerfield muscle, private eyes on the hip: sometimes a culprit in pelvic pain and pelvic floor disorders, rehabilitation and performance: from snake oil salespeople to well-oiled machines, and putting it all together: a patient's perspective on the core.