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soap bubble

noun
  1. a bubble of soapsuds.
  2. something that lacks substance or permanence.
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Origin of soap bubble

First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for soap-bubble

Historical Examples

  • Tobe set down the pitcher as gingerly as if it had been a soap-bubble.

    Southern Lights and Shadows

    Various

  • Every one has noticed the beautiful colours manifested in a soap-bubble.

  • So I stayed and the book grew like a soap-bubble the first week.

    At the Age of Eve

    Kate Trimble Sharber

  • If no bubble forms and floats off like a soap-bubble, the batch is not done.

    Hints on cheese-making

    Thomas Day Curtis

  • She too felt sad now, sad because of the soap-bubble that had burst.


British Dictionary definitions for soap-bubble

soap bubble

noun
  1. a bubble formed from soapy water
  2. something that is ephemeral but attractive
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Word Origin and History for soap-bubble

n.

1800, from soap (n.) + bubble (n.).

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