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 "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
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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.
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.
This may be partly because Green privately knows that a percentage of the Ibrox support still can't make up their minds whether he's a snake-oil salesman or the bona fide saviour of their club.
Frontman JD Wilkes conjures images of Iggy Pop, a medicine-show snake-oil salesman and whisky priest in his harmonica-blowing theatrical antics.
The story so far: for about two years now the default expectation has been that Mitt Romney, a squillionaire snake-oil salesman with a stick-on smile and also former governor of Massachussetts, would be the Republican nominee to challenge Barack Obama in the presidential election in November.
As an airman, I'm biased, but his reference to the big three of early airpower theory (Douhet, Trenchard and Mitchell) as snake-oil salesman, the use of slang without definition, and several statements not supported by references detract from the credibility of an otherwise excellent work.
There are simply too many snake-oil salesman preying on desperate people who can least afford to part with their money.
In the humane community, we knew the real face of Ed Boks - which was a charlatan, which was a snake-oil salesman.
The snake-oil salesman who flogged us Dossena and Degen needs locking up.
On CBS, Clinton told Dan Rather that he hated the term Slick Willie because it dismissed him as a snake-oil salesman who believed in nothing.
It really sounds like a snake-oil salesman, even though there's a lot of truth to it.
org to better understand Richard Berman's number one goal: to be the best snake-oil salesman ever.