HyperDic: snake_oil

English > 2 senses of the expression snake oil:
NOUNsubstancesnake oil(medicine) any of various liquids / liquids sold as medicine (as by a travelling medicine show) but medically worthless
communicationsnake oil, humbugcommunication (written or spoken) intended to deceive
English > snake oil: 2 senses > noun 1, substance
Meaning(medicine) any of various liquids / liquids sold as medicine (as by a travelling medicine show) but medically worthless.
Categorymedicine, medical specialtyThe branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
BroaderliquidA substance that is liquid / liquid at room temperature and pressure
English > snake oil: 2 senses > noun 2, communication
Meaningcommunication (written or spoken) intended to deceive.
Synonymhumbug
Broadermisrepresentation, deceit, deceptionA misleading falsehood

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