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.
by x March 12, 2004
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
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)
by The Return of Light Joker November 18, 2007
by Thahib October 11, 2009