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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Someone in authority needs to tell President Trump, his acolytes and snake-oil salesmen that the NHS is owned by the taxpayers of this country.
This was not imposed by the EU, yet the snake-oil salesmen and the right-wing press convinced many people it was.
There was no disgrace in voting for Brexit two years ago because the population was lied to by supreme snake-oil salesmen - the likes of Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Michael Gove.
But these parents are often vulnerable people at the mercy of modern-day snake-oil salesmen.
Welsh also documents that sharks do get cancer (including excellent photographs), debunking the error-filled books of 1992 and 1996, which touted the wonders of taking shark cartilage, much like the snake-oil salesmen of long ago.
Get in touch Having denied that leaving had severe economic consequences Brexiters now plead with David Cameron to stay on to sort out the mess - such snake-oil salesmen.
The potentiality of a President Trump has many observers pondering Americans' susceptibility to snake-oil salesmen, making this a particularly opportune moment for a film like "Nuts," about a now-little-remembered public figure of great popular appeal nearly a century ago.
Elizabeth Warren think or say, you are not snake-oil salesmen. I know you and who you represent -- the people saving for retirement -- and what you do is honorable and it's noble and I will not stand by and let you get bashed.
"Diet scams are not new, they've been around for centuries, from soothsayers through to snake-oil salesmen.
In years past, the UAE has weathered its fair share of scamming trends from snake-oil salesmen who offer cheap Italian suits from the trunk of a car to the ever-present family guy with six kids in his car who asks for Dh100 in petrol money to limp home to safety.
No wonder bankers are now regarded as poorly as used car sellers, politicians and other snake-oil salesmen - all cents and no responsibility.
I''m afraid that only non-technical Arts Graduates and money-making subsidy-collecting, snake-oil salesmen and carpet-baggers could dream up such an irrational way of generating electricity to power a populous developed country.
It's just that in this day of constant nagging from so many cyberspace snake-oil salesmen, some of us are apt to be just a trifle weary and a whole lot suspicious.
Smart-talkin' dudes with a yankee drawl, Snake-oil salesmen ain't got no soul, We played the game and we walked tall.
Undermining the public's trust in the scientific community has become commonplace and reminiscent of the days of snake-oil salesmen who once flourished by preying on the naive.