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  • n. Alternative form of quacksalver.

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Examples

  • I could say what I know of it for the expulsion of rheums, raw humours, crudities, obstructions, with a thousand of this kind, but I profess myself no quack-salver: only thus much, by Hercules; I do hold it, and will affirm it before any prince in Europe, to be the most sovereign and precious weed that ever the earth tendered to the use of man. '

    Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce

  • Hence the term quack-salver was commonly used in the seventeenth century, signifying an ignorant person, who was wont to extol the curative virtues of his salves.

    Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery

  • The answers were given with a solemn self-complacency, not unmixed with that shrewdness which was an essential attribute to the success of the ancient quack-salver.

    Rob of the bowl : a legend of St. Inigoe's,

  • I could say what I know of the virtue of it, for the expulsion of rheums, raw humours, crudities, obstructions, with a thousand of this kind; but I profess myself no quack-salver.

    Every Man in His Humor

  • Why, only this afternoon I learned that some quack-salver has been touring the villages up the Fluminis, and was headed our way. "

    The Urth of the New Sun

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  • "A mountebank; a seller of salves."
    - Francis Grose, 'The Vulgar Tongue'.

    September 12, 2008