Snake-oil meaning

A worthless preparation fraudulently peddled as a cure for many ills.
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Speech or writing intended to deceive; humbug.
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A liquid substance with no real medicinal value sold as a cure-all or nostrum, esp. in a medicine show.
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A product that has been proven to not live up to the vendor's marketing hype. The term comes from the 1800s in which elixirs and potions of all kinds, even ones that supposedly included the oils from snakes, were sold as a cure for everything that ailed a person.
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A traditional Chinese medicine used to treat joint pain.
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A type of 19th century patent medicine sold in the United States that claimed to contain snake fat, supposedly a Native American remedy for various ailments.
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(idiomatic) Any product with exaggerated marketing but questionable or unverifiable quality.
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