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snow job

A form of manipulation that involves lying or flattery to persuade someone. He laid the compliments on her so thick, it was surprising that she couldn't see that it was nothing more than a snow job.
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snow job

a systematic deception; a deceptive story that tries to hide the truth. You can generally tell when a student is trying to do a snow job. This snow job you call an explanation just won't do.
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snow job

An effort to deceive, persuade, or overwhelm with insincere talk. For example, Peter tried to give the officer a snow job about an emergency at the hospital but he got a speeding ticket all the same . This slangy expression, originating in the military during World War II, presumably alludes to the idiom snow under.
See also: job, snow

a snow job

mainly AMERICAN
A snow job is an attempt to deceive someone by telling many lies or by giving praise that is not sincere. Critics say a vast public relations snow job has been launched to convince the public of the need for the project.
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a ˈsnow job

(American English, informal) an attempt to deceive somebody or to persuade them to support something by telling them things that are not true, or by praising them too much: That guy gave me a real snow job. If I’d known the truth I never would have given him the money.
See also: job, snow

snow job

n. a systematic deception. You can generally tell when a student is trying to do a snow job.
See also: job, snow

snow job

Exaggerated flattery used to cover up some real issue. The term is probably derived from the figurative expression, to be snowed under, meaning to be overwhelmed. It originated among GIs during World War II to describe, for example, presenting a superior officer with an elaborate fiction to excuse some misdemeanor.
See also: job, snow
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No one is buying it - that is, unless, Mayor Kitty Piercy holds another one of her grass-roots education forums to attempt another public snow job.
This is a good day to dump on the human snow job known as Billy Price.
None of that kept a huge snow job from occurring yesterday, both teams steadfastly downplaying what is shaping up to be another fascinating chapter in the long-running feud known as the Border War.
And I knew better than to offer a teenager a snow job in the middle of summer.
Adopted plans are summarily disposed of, normal community processes ignored, and a snow job of public relations supplants genuine community input.
In this winter of our discontent, it is hard to tell the "oops,'' from the snow jobs.
That's not a surprise; snow jobs typically require a lot of shoveling.