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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So, any time you see a Tory MP or MSP in the media just remember that they are the political equivalent of a snake oil salesman and there is no substance to anything they say.
Only a snake oil salesman will say something like that,' he told a press conference after attending the Mega Town Hall Programme 2018 here last night.
A CON man who sold fake ultrasonic liposuction devices has been branded as a "snake oil salesman" and given a suspended prison sentence.
Trump (http://www.kitv.com/story/33261650/the-donald-trump-rosie-odonnell-feud-a-timeline) called O'Donnell a "pig" and a "loser," saying she had a "fat, ugly face," after she called him a "snake oil salesman." He told Machado she'd (http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a3887093/alicia-machado-miss-universe-donald-trump/) never be an actress because "nobody wants fat girls on TV."
Well we had a snake oil salesman who led Labour to three election successes, but at what cost?
Now besides all the cobblers that is talked about 'leadership' by every snake oil salesman in business schools and executive training courses, up and down the country, there really are a number of outstanding characters who can claim to know a wee bit more about leadership than dear old Fergie.
The acting business manager said the override was needed because the towns listened to a "snake oil salesman" who sold them on an unrealistic budget.