snake oil

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Synonyms for snake oil

(medicine) any of various liquids sold as medicine (as by a travelling medicine show) but medically worthless

communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive

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We have incorporated keratin, fish oil omega 3, and snake oil into our new range of shampoos to offer solutions for hair fall problems, split ends, dullness and bring new life and confidence to our consumers.
No, it's not easy, but commit to doing the hard work while your competition stands around rubbing the snake oil wherever it is you're supposed to apply snake oil.
Critique: Featuring small black-and-white period photos, "Frontier Doctors and Snake Oil Peddlers: A Journal of Early Medical Procedures" is an inherently fascinating and informative read that will have direct appeal for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the history and culture of America's Old West.
While many of these apps are from trusted, legitimate organizations such as the American Medical Association or small, nimble health start-ups focused on driving innovation, there are what may seem like snake oil salesmen among them.
Premiere of this Arlene Bogna Film, The Ballad of Snake Oil Sam, took place on May 31st, 2014 at Dances With Films Festival in the Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California.
It occurred to me that education, particularly since No Child Left Behind, has more than its fair share of modern-day snake oil salespeople.
It is up to Cameron show he is a potential prime minister and not just a media-savvy snake oil salesman.
Bush's Gasoline Price Elixir'' that is ''100% Snake Oil.
The snake oil industry of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which caused commercial depletion of this and other rattlesnake species, is explored in Chapter 5, as is the recent and disturbing demand for poisonous snakes in the pet trade.
From snake oil to medicine; pioneering public health.
The values of black America are akin to the values of this great land, and just as importantly, black success in America is inextricably tied to those same values -- and not the snake oil sold by hucksters who sneak in through the open door of history-as-a-footnote.
They also demand that snake oil be included in chemistry classes.
The regulation of medical practice has important benefits, including being charged with protecting the citizenry from charlatans, hucksters, and various sellers of snake oil.
Kids may learn to be a little less gullible when they read of the journalists, kings, famous Americans like Franklin and Lincoln, generals and snake oil salesmen who have deliberately tricked people into believing falsehoods for sometimes good, sometimes evil, and often financial ends.
One is the greedy, lying, cheating snake oil salesmen represented by Mark Twain's "The King and the Duke" The other is represented by the down-to-earth common-sensical Huck and Jim, and the decent entrepreneurial Tom.