- Also soap box. an improvised platform, as one on a street, from which a speaker delivers an informal speech, an appeal, or political harangue.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a speaker or speech from a soapbox.
Origin of soapbox
Examples from the Web for soap-box
But this paper is the soap-box of that chap, and his is the only point-of-view that'll be expressed in it.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Paul, just be getting me my razor and the brush and soap-box, there's a good lad.'Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
Here were the masses celebrated in pamphlet and soap-box oration.Erik Dorn
Why don't you get a soap-box and preach on the street-corners?Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
It is the pulpit of the reformer and the housetop of the fanatic, this soap-box.Americans All
- a box or crate for packing soap
- a crate used as a platform for speech-making
- a child's homemade racing cart consisting of a wooden box set on a wooden frame with wheels and a steerable front axle
Word Origin and History for soap-box
also soapbox, 1650s, "box for holding soap," later especially a wooden crate in which soap may be packed; from soap (n.) + box (n.). Typical of a makeshift stand for a public orator since at least 1907. Also used by children to make racing carts, cf. soap-box derby, annual race in Dayton, Ohio, which dates to 1933.