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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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Not far away, near another table that was heaped with books, I perceived the elder Pokrovski, and a crowd of four or five hucksters plaguing him nearly out of his senses.
At once I seized the lot, and, dragging him off to my huckster, said: " Look here.
"You could make up your mind for yourself, Lizaveta Ivanovna," the huckster was saying aloud.
"Upon my word, what a fright you are in of Alyona Ivanovna," gabbled the huckster's wife, a lively little woman.
The village had formerly contained, side by side with the argicultural labourers, an interesting and better-informed class, ranking distinctly above the former--the class to which Tess's father and mother had belonged--and including the carpenter, the smith, the shoemaker, the huckster, together with nondescript workers other than farm-labourers; a set of people who owed a certain stability of aim and conduct to the fact of their being lifeholders like Tess's father, or copyholders, or occasionally, small freeholders.
Beyond all question, he had the blood of a petty huckster in his veins, through whatever channel it may have found its way there.
'Eight!' said Kim, mechanically following the huckster instinct of the East.
And the woman I love knows that I began my career with an act of low dishonesty, that I built up my life upon sands of shame - that I sold, like a common huckster, the secret that had been intrusted to me as a man of honour.
It is a story about the successful efforts of a few hucksters to transfer massive amounts of wealth from the hands of tens of millions of innocent Americans into the hands of a few thousand powerful people.
In the wake of bona fide settlers came the hucksters, con artists, and snake oil vendors--so many flimflam men (and women) that those duped called the town "Scam Diego." Abetting the crime and chaos was the nearby Mexican border, a convenient refuge for the rustlers, ex-Rebels, and banditos who floated back and forth across the unmarked frontier.
On the one hand, they rail against invasion of privacy by government agencies, decry internet hucksters who steal their identity and blame Facebook and other social media platforms for personal data mining and misuse--although 69% still use some sort of social media according to Pew Research.
The Secret History of the Jersey Devil: How Quakers, Hucksters, and Benjamin Franklin Created a Monster