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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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  • The wagon he drew was a soapbox fitted with a pair of wheels from a go-cart.

    The Torch Bearer

    I. T. Thurston
  • Then they packed excelsior into all the vacant places in the soapbox.

  • The soapbox will be her cell, for it was so small she could not lie down in it.

    Homespun Tales Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • He went over to the soapbox table, shorn of its gorgeous cover, the photograph alone adorning it.

    A Little Dusky Hero Harriot T, Comstock
  • He found a soapbox, and carried it over to the soft ring of light that streamed from the furnace door, and sat down.

British Dictionary definitions for soapbox


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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Slang definitions & phrases for soapbox



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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