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a snake oil salesman → a stalking horse (Animal idioms 9)

snake oil salesman → stalking horsesnake oil salesman → stalking horse  Where there is desperation, a snake oil salesman is nearby. After a long argument he became as mad as a wrongly shot hog.

John never has any money to spend. He is as poor as a church mouse. On this cold snowy night, taxis are as scarce as hen’s teeth.

No one likes him because he is sly as a fox. Thomas is overweight, he is as strong as an ox.

You won’t get him to go with you, because he’s as stubborn as a mule. He is using the girl in fact as a stalking horse.

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