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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
The fact that a shameless huckster like Donald Trump managed to turn such a disparate movement into a somewhat effective political force does not bode well.
Rather than constructively focusing on actual issues impacting our city, Mayor Mike Posey and his cast of political hucksters did little more than host a pep rally for professional agitators and out-of-town haters.
Keen to hawk their wares within its bounds are the country’s biggest businesses and its most outrageous hucksters (including one entrepreneur arrested for painting stray dogs and selling them as pedigree chums).
This being the 19th century, she was taken up by opportunistic hucksters who could make money off her distinctive appearance.
The young huckster Holmes aside, the bigger story here is how the company continued to raise huge sums of money from professional investors.
But the only thing these fraudulent hucksters have the courage to die for are Wayne LaPierre’s talking points.
Like traveling medicine hucksters of old, doctors who run into trouble today can hopscotch from state to state, staying ahead of regulators. Instead of snake oil, some peddle opioids.
The Times contrasts the celebrities and the hucksters who service them with the innocent, ordinary folks whose profiles are sometimes impersonated to create fake followers.
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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.
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