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A popular term for any substance claimed—without substantive evidence—to effectively treat one or more medical conditions

snake oil

A general informal term for a fraudulent PANACEA.
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The "money is no object" pledge wasn't worth the press release it was written on and Mr Cameron has once again shown himself to be a snake-oil salesman who will promise the earth but deliver very little.
Yet he is the snake-oil salesman of British politics, conning voters with his easy charm and blokeish humour, and making pledges no government could, or should, keep.
If however, they don't have those things they may be 'social media gurus', as I unfairly labelled them and snake-oil salesmen.
SINCE the day in 1994 when his mug was shown on TV for the first time as leader of the Labour Party, I and probably millions of others, formed an instant opinion of Tony Blair that has not changed over the years; the man is a shallow, opaque, self-serving snake-oil merchant.
It's also interesting to watch how power-mad, snake-oil salesman Cameron is handling the issue.
Smart-talkin' dudes with a yankee drawl, Snake-oil salesmen ain't got no soul, We played the game and we walked tall.
Some ads make supplements look like 21st century, snake-oil remedies (or, worse yet, like prescription drugs).
Corporations and snake-oil salesmen have flooded the Internet with their news.
Mr Burnham's glowing words remind me of the arrival in town of snake-oil doctors, with their wonder cures.
It gives a journalist the look of a snake-oil salesman" Former war correspondent and ex-MP Martin Bell on seeing a TV reporter wearing the offending make-up "The way it glorifies violence, hatred and capitalist values is utterly repulsive to me" Actor and impressionist Alistair McGowan on why he dislikes rap music "If they took an X-ray of my whole body, with all its plates, pins and rawlplugs, it would look like something from an art collection" Motor racing star Sir Stirling Moss, who is recovering from an accident in which he fell down a lift shaft, on the injuries he has suffered during his life
I begged the Scottish Labour conference not to back the snake-oil salesman Tony Blair's project to strangle the Labour Party I loved.
Only this time, I doubt that the honest women of America will be able to reform the nation's newest snake-oil salesman.