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[sohp-boks] /ˈsoʊpˌbɒks/
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
First recorded in 1650-60; soap + box1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for soap-box
Historical Examples
  • 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

    Ben Hecht
  • 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 Various
  • A soap-box, with construction similar to the above, may be provided.

    Convenient Houses

    Louis Henry Gibson
  • Maybe Id better get a soap-box or something to stand on, he suggested.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • She does sit in a rocking-chair with her feet propped up on a soap-box.

    The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley
  • The soap-box will be her cell, for it was so small she could not lie down in it.

    Susanna and Sue Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • You'll have to be contented with that soap-box davenport, gentlemen.

    Seven Keys to Baldpate Earl Derr Biggers
British Dictionary definitions for soap-box


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for soap-box



The attitude from which one orates, pontificates, counsels urgently, etc: Be careful or she'll get on the old soapbox and preach about fiscal iniquity (1907+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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