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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But it's David Cameron and the Conservative Party whose sales pitch could fill buckets with snake oil.
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WILLIAM Jonker (Viewpoints, August 30) dismisses Professor Richard Dawkins unnecessarily disrespectfully, as a "classic snake oil seller", claiming Dawkins flounders in debates with Christians about belief in a creator.
Let's hope that BP insists on scientifically proven methods and resists the urge to buy instant snake oil cures.
It is up to Cameron show he is a potential prime minister and not just a media-savvy snake oil salesman.