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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
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Who fucking knows anymore? First, it meant factual, and now it means fictional. What the fuck, internet... what the fuck?
wrong-->"Oh my god, Jessica, your post literally scared me to death" right--> "I literally wrote this post at 3:04 A.M."
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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
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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
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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
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A woman that likes to cause mischief and sexual deviance
Stay away from her, shes a real snake oil girl
by thahib October 11, 2009
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