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n. Slang
One, especially a politician, who is guided by personal advantage rather than by consistent, respectable principles.

[Perhaps alteration of snallygaster, a mythical beast said to prey on poultry and children, perhaps from Pennsylvania Dutch schnelle geeschter : Middle High German snēl, quick (from Old High German) + Middle High German geist, spirit (from Old High German).]
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) slang US a politician who cares more for personal gain than serving the people
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Snollygoster: (a) a shrewd person (b) cultured (c) transporter (d) humorist 10.
I figured since every gasbag from the president to the Grand Poobah of Putterville has recently delivered their State of the Union, State of the State, State of the City and State of the Snollygoster speeches, why shouldn't I?
Coming soon is the annual State of the Union speech, followed rapidly by dozens of gasbags givin' State of the State, State of the City, State of the Snollygoster and state-of-whatever speeches.
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The word "snollygoster", meaning a shrewd, unprincipled person, has been applied to politicians.
Why call your MP a dishonest politician when you could call him a snollygoster?
Snollygoster A shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician It first appeared in English in a newspaper in Kentucky in the US, in 1846, but could have come from the German phrase schnelle geister or "quick spirit".
Words like "snollygoster," which means "a dishonest politician".
WHAT would you do if you were having problems with a temulent snollygoster?
Just call him a blatherskite or even a snollygoster in reply.
He writes, "After 30 years of occasionally saving lives, I learned that by writing and speaking, I can do more good for more citizens, while tolerating far fewer medical-political snollygosters."
Are your friends all snollygosters and do you call the doctor when you have otalgia?