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soap bubble

a bubble of soapsuds.
something that lacks substance or permanence.
Origin of soap bubble
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • How many have seen the same colors on a soap bubble or elsewhere?

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • It is a picture beautiful as the opalescent colors of a soap bubble.

  • Maybe he'd snagged his suit and blown up like a soap bubble.

    First Man Clyde Brown
  • It was as faint and dainty a pattern as that on a soap bubble!

    The Haunted Pajamas Francis Perry Elliott
  • The sail spreads out and fills like a soap bubble about to burst.

  • Like a boy's soap bubble, it glitters for a brief moment in iridescent rotundity, then ceases to be even a film of air.

  • But as for her marrying Bertram—you could have bowled me over with a soap bubble when I heard she'd done it.

    Miss Billy Married Eleanor H. Porter
  • Everyone has recognized the ease with which a soap bubble will float in the air, and yet it is simply a film of moisture.

  • There are such possibilities about the situation; it may turn out tremendously, or else explode in a soap bubble.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • "He doesn't amount to a soap bubble in a gale," Mr. Flint declared contemptuously.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for soap bubble

soap bubble

a bubble formed from soapy water
something that is ephemeral but attractive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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