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huckster

1. a person who uses aggressive or questionable methods of selling
2. Now rare a person who sells small articles or fruit in the street
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Yesterday Louis said: "RIP Paul Daniels, a thoughtful sceptic, enemy of hucksterism and paranormal flimflam, and a gifted magician."
They lack the practical experience to ignore the shiny lights and loud music and see old fashioned hucksterism for what it really is.
But Mason's purpose here is not simply to moralize over hucksterism among minor Romantic literati and today's global booksellers: he wishes to explore the connections between literary idealism and the marketplace.
White shows that similar patterns of thievery created continuity between Louisiana and France, where theft served to redistribute scarce goods among the poor, as well as Africa, where hucksterism and fencing were traditions within the African societies from which slaves originated.
Pressed further on the email's "hucksterism," Huckabee responded, "I didn't actually run that part of my company." But that email was just one of his recent endorsements of questionable products aimed at his fans.
The book points out the growth and critical importance of this last group and although this might smack of hucksterism he knows of what he speaks when he says:
If the media had stuck to answering that, the damage inflicted on the rest of Ferguson--not to mention all the squalid racial hucksterism that went with it--could have been avoided."
It was a particularly low moment in the ad world, where the blatant hucksterism of the pursuit was most evident.
Robinsons heroes overtly transform doomsterism into a new kind of exuberance, while Rich's protagonist's doomsterism (and Chicken Littleism) is an ironic and wittily conceived new type of this very caricature, turning its propensity for doom into a new kind of new capitalist hucksterism. Butler's Lauren is, to her fellows in her soon-to-be-destroyed, walled community, a Cassandra to whom no one listens; still, she is no prophet, and her sense of what is coming is neither neurotically fearful nor a programmatic pessimism.
It's not Shopping Channel hucksterism. Rather, it is something that I have learned to do virtually every day.
This is the kind of thinking I withdraw from instinctively as dangerous hucksterism. I asked if he had a better and less ambivalent anecdote.
27), which may not be too far removed from hucksterism and the selling of snake-oil.