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snake oil salesmannoun [C]

uk   us   disapproving
someone who ​deceivespeople in ​order to get ​money from them: He was dubbed a "modern day snake ​oilsalesman" after he ​ripped off thousands of ​internetcustomers.
(Definition of snake oil salesman from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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