snake oil


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snake oil

n.
1. A worthless preparation fraudulently peddled as a cure for many ills.
2. Speech or writing intended to deceive; humbug.

snake oil

n
1. any pseudo-medical remedy endorsed by a non-qualified person
2. talk that is intended to impress others but is insincere or deceiving

snake′ oil`


n.
a liquid concoction of questionable medical value sold as an all-purpose curative, esp. by traveling hucksters.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.snake oil - (medicine) any of various liquids sold as medicine (as by a travelling medicine show) but medically worthless
medical specialty, medicine - the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
liquid - a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure
2.snake oil - communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive
deception, misrepresentation, deceit - a misleading falsehood
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In what might have been a lecture from the early 19th century, CEO of the American Medical Association James Madara gave a fire and brimstone address railing against snake oil hucksters, at the AMA annual meeting.
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Next month we have the grotesque position that Labour voters need to vote in their millions to keep two snake oil salesmen like Cameron and Osborne in Downing Street ?
Brexit vision too good to be true DAVE Haskell's letter re five to one Brexit offer (Post, May 12) sounds much akin to a snake oil salesman - "if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is'.
I appeal to everyone to vote against this collection of spivs, conmen and snake oil salesmen and take our country back into British ownership to be run by elected representatives not unelected commissioners who we cannot get rid of no matter how hopeless they are at their jobs.
Countryside: The letter to editor in the January/February 2016 issue ("No Snake Oil, Please") just is inaccurate and irritates me.