verb (used with object)
- soaked to the skin,
- soane, sir john,
- soap boiler,
- soap box derby,
- soap bubble,
- soap dish,
- soap flakes
Origin of soap
Examples from the Web for soap
And just this week, reports surfaced that the regime recently executed 10 party officials for watching South Korean soap operas.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State|Lizzie Crocker|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like the soap operas of yore, Marvel has replaced major and minor characters in their films as necessary.The Coming Civil War: Iron Man Vs. Captain America 3|Rich Goldstein|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Supplies of soap, bleach, or alcohol-based hand gel also were depleted.
Nonetheless, the pop provocateur that soap fans know by the mononym “Franco” has decided to unpack it.James Franco and Scott Haze on 'The Sound and the Fury' and Gawker 'Outing' Them As A 'Couple'|Marlow Stern|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The show is as precisely plotted as a soap opera and beautifully lit; entirely, fatally addictive.
A soap for this purpose should be easily soluble in water and contain no free alkali, rosin or filler.Soap-Making Manual|E. G. Thomssen
The roots are used as fuel; and their ashes make excellent ley for the manufacture of soap.
At that he started up, all streaky with soap and blood as he was, and must rush away on some errand.Where the Pavement Ends|John Russell
Dodo dropped the soap which she had just rescued from the bottom of the cloudy water, and looked up with bright eyes.Dodo's Daughter|E. F. Benson
Thirty feet from the door he slowed up, put on a nonchalant air, and strolling in, looked about for Castile soap.The Financier|Theodore Dreiser
- to flatter or talk persuasively to
- US and Canadian to bribe
Word Origin for soap
Old English sape "soap, salve" (originally a reddish hair dye used by Germanic warriors to give a frightening appearance), from Proto-Germanic *saipon "dripping thing, resin" (cf. Middle Low German sepe, West Frisian sjippe, Dutch zeep, Old High German seiffa, German seife "soap," Old High German seifar "foam," Old English sipian "to drip"), from PIE *soi-bon-, from root *seib- "to pour out, drip, trickle" (cf. Latin sebum "tallow, suet, grease").
Romans and Greeks used oil to clean skin; the Romance language words for "soap" (cf. Italian sapone, French savon, Spanish jabon) are from Late Latin sapo "pomade for coloring the hair" (first mentioned in Pliny), which is a Germanic loan-word, as is Finnish saippua. The meaning "flattery" is recorded from 1853.
1580s, from soap (n.). Related: Soaped; soaping.
In addition to the idiom beginning with soap
- soap opera
- no dice (soap)
- on one's soapbox
- soft soap