EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MOUNTEBANK
It was not of the least use to me that I knew he was not the illustrious general, but simply a mountebank.
If I were a mountebank or a charlatan I would claim that it cures a hundred diseases.
As a mountebank, a juggler, a quack doctor—I spurned the very idea.
Anything less would condemn a man as a fool or a mountebank.
But his natural gift was to be a mountebank, a clown, a circus Hercules.
You must often have had your head against this mountebank jacket of mine.
"So this going about as a mountebank is only a masquerade," she said, with a touch of scorn.
He went into the market and found a mountebank there, which was what he wanted.
I feared the woman had no better thought than to make a mountebank of her child!
It is profane to associate Jeanne's pure and beautiful name with that of a mountebank.
"a doctor that mounts a bench in the market, and boasts his infallible remedies and cures" [Johnson], 1570s, from Italian montambanco, contraction of monta in banco "quack, juggler," literally "mount on bench" (to be seen by crowd), from monta, imperative of montare "to mount" (see mount (v.)) + banco, variant of banca "bench" (see bank (n.2)). Figurative and extended senses from 1580s.