comes from the 19th-century American practice of selling cure-all elixirs in traveling medicine shows. Snake oil salesmen would falsely claim that the potions would cure any ailments. now-a-days it refers to fake products.
"why did you buy that snake oil? it does absolutely nothing!"
by x March 12, 2004
Medicine or therapy that doesn't work.
Most of the shit sold at health food stores are snake oil products.
by beavis March 22, 2003
any dubious or fraudulent remedy or cure (The route of the fraud the word is derived from resulted from a misunderstanding of a traditional Chinese joint and muscle painkiller derived from the skin of the Chinese water snake)
That snake oil is so obvious. When will people learn?
by The Return of Light Joker November 18, 2007
An item for sale which does not produce the advertised effects.
I bought this medicine from a guy on the street, but it doesnt work, i can't believe i fell for that snakeoil.
by mistersteve2007 March 24, 2008