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Examples of huckster in a Sentence
hucksters outside the auditorium selling everything from key chains to life-size cutouts of the rock star
Recent Examples of huckster from the Web
There is no shortage of nonpolitical con artists and hucksters online.
Jill Lapore's fascinating book about Marston, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, reveals that Marston was actually a bit of a huckster.
Eventually, its popularity attracted the attention of the age’s greatest huckster, P.T. Barnum.
Prophets, missionaries, and hucksters often promise that belief will settle your doubts, ease your anxieties, or end your suffering.
There are too many hucksters out there simply looking to make a quick buck.
Right-wing cynics, hucksters and opportunists deliberately blurred these distinctions in the name of a right-wing popular front.
Unlawful trades don’t attract the best class of person, and bringing a free market to college sports will at least partially supplant the hucksters with legitimate and ethical businessmen.
The latter appear most prominently in the wardrobe of Dr. Johnny Wilcox (Jake Gyllenhaal), a TV huckster who carries out the evil experiments meant to help turn Okja and her kind into the most cost-efficient meat products on Earth.
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Did You Know?
Hawkers, peddlers, and hucksters have been selling things out of the back of wagons, in narrow alleys, and on the fringes of towns for years (though nowadays, they're more likely to plug their wares on television or the Internet). Of those three words-"hawker," "peddler," or "huckster"-the one that has been around the longest in English is "huckster." It has been with us for over 800 years, and it derives from the Middle Dutch word hokester, which in turn comes from the verb hoeken, meaning "to peddle." "Peddler" (or "pedlar") was first attested in the 14th century, and this sense of "hawker" has only been appearing in English texts since the early 1500s.
Origin and Etymology of huckster
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