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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 are classics from the past that give us the Trump phenomenon in embryo, foreshadowings of American authoritarianism with a huckster’s grin:
At the greatest moment of Kevin Durant's basketball career, Nike took a timeout from the celebration to respond to television hucksters.
His rude personal style ruffles the feathers of many who see him as a pretender or a huckster.
So, when Fuel City broke ground on its fourth store in Saginaw about two weeks ago, people wondered what sort of surprise John Benda, its owner and chief huckster, had in store for them.
Mayors running for president don’t often happen, but who expected a reality TV huckster?
A reality-TV huckster who is using his position as president to enrich himself and his family.
Trump, too, was a brash huckster who despised the élites that had always spurned him.
But his political opponents seized on the allegations, and angry former students spoke out, painting Mr. Trump as a huckster willing to rip off ordinary people in the name of personal profits.
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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
Middle English hukster, from Middle Dutch hokester, from hoeken to peddle
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use of huckster
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