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soap dish

a dish designed to hold a bar of soap, especially as a bathroom or kitchen fixture attached to a sink, lavatory, or bathtub.
Origin of soap dish
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • And this”—bending tenderly over the soap-dish and heaping it with roses—“is purest alabaster encrusted with gems.

    A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Raising the lid of the soap-dish, there on the nice little pink cake of soap lay a note with "Emmy" written on it.

    A Round Dozen Susan Coolidge
  • Both the soap-dish and the wash-basin should be scoured daily.

  • The marble slab and bowl were scrubbed and dried, and the mugs and soap-dish washed, wiped, and replaced.

  • The Eddystone lurched over, fell from its soap-dish rock and was engulfed in the quilty billows below.

    Tommy Tregennis Mary Elizabeth Phillips
  • She twigs at once what I want, makes a guttural sound, and in half-an-hour or so returns with a soap-dish full of dirty salt.

    James Geikie Marion I. Newbigin
  • Striving to smother his mirth, Lanse bore the soap-dish away.

    The Second Violin Grace S. Richmond
  • The washstand made him feel oppressed, so silent and white were the jug and basin and soap-dish, so cold and chill were they.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • The toy duck was still in the soap-dish, but I was too preoccupied to give it a thought.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • She reached a cautious hand under her pillow and drew out her soap-dish.

    The Second Violin Grace S. Richmond
Word Origin and History for soap-dish

1835 as a dish for a bar of soap; 1814 as a holder for shaving-soap, from soap (n.) + dish (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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