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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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Now you have now learnt what Mrs May actually is, proven, behind the words, would you trust Boris Johnson to improve matters, the snake-oil salesman for Brexit, with never a single word on economic facts about the UK's future outside the EU?
Its main snake-oil salesman, the spiv Farage, loudly congratulated himself.
Bank of England chief crying wolf WE obviously got a bargain when we made Mark Carney the Governor of the Bank of England; not only is he a superb snake-oil salesman, a perfect stand-in for Mystic Meg and/or Senna (Up Pompeii's Soothsayer), and an ideal leader writer for Old Moore's Almanac, a grown-up (well almost) version of the boy who cried wolf, he is also able (with his tarot cards and crystal ball) to predict the state of our dynamic economy to within 0.1 per cent in twenty, thirty or forty years' time (years when he is relaxing somewhere enjoying his big fat, inflation proof pension)!
O'Donnell criticized the former real estate mogul's decision the following day on "The View," calling Trump names that included "snake-oil salesman on Little House on the Prairie."
Clarence Frazer, in tidy beard, striped tails and velvet trousers, introduced himself dragging a cart of potions that would have been at home in a snake-oil salesman's caravan.
A trickster snake-oil salesman is himself tricked by demons.
Because with the potentially damning Chilcot report finally on the horizon, his insincere, snake-oil salesman spin of regret looks uncannily like the smoke, mirrors and manipulation that he used to take the country to war in the first place.
"He's a snake-oil salesman" Ex-MP George Galloway 's opinion of Chuka Umunna, who has withdrawn from the Labour leadership contest.
POTIONS He was the modern equivalent of a snake-oil salesman, flogging his internet potions to the gullible while boasting that he could make them as rich as he was.
This is precisely what snake-oil salesman Salmond calculated would happen.
Oleaginous, lugubriously lipped recruiters, who would make even a snake-oil salesman blush, accused of charging sponsors a huge fee and then leaving the recruits to languish under the burden of reimbursing their huge "fees" to pay for their visas or return of passport, maids sometimes being assigned to Dickensian-style workhouse conditions and if in desperation, they run away, they enter the netherworld of being trapped in Bahrain.
He's overly courteous in a false, snake-oil salesman way.
Frontman JD Wilkes conjures images of Iggy Pop, a medicine-show snake-oil salesman and whisky priest in his harmonica-blowing theatrical antics.
The words 'appears to', incidentally, are trickery, a phrase straight from the Snake-Oil Salesman's Handbook.