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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Derek MacKay is smart and slick and, like any good snake oil salesman, uses words well, describing the appalling state of Scotland's finances - with a PS12.6billion black hole - as good progress made by the SNP.
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Blame for no Brexit must be Johnson's -- the snake oil salesman summoned by desperate Tories to fight the Brexit Party's snake oil salesman Nigel Farage finally destroyed in the job he craved by lies which grabbed him the post.
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Mr Rees-Mogg also dismissed former Civil Service boss Lord O'Donnell's description of Brexiteers as "snake oil" salesmen who "don't like the idea of experts testing your products".
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