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Noun: snake oil  sneyk oyl
  1. (medicine) any of various liquids sold as medicine (as by a travelling medicine show) but medically worthless
  2. Communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive
    - humbug

Type of: deceit, deception, liquid, misrepresentation

Encyclopedia: Snake oil