- Informal. to cajole; flatter.
- to apply soft soap to.
- to use soft soap in washing.
Origin of soft-soap
- Informal. persuasive talk; flattery: to use soft soap to get one's way.
- the semifluid soap produced when potassium hydroxide is used in the saponification of a fat or an oil.
Origin of soft soap
Related Words for soft-soapurge, activate, prompt, coax, engender, breed, promote, motivate, produce, persuade, convince, cause, generate, mislead, misrepresent, deceive, request, push, solicit, press
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Historical Examples of soft-soap
And takes by the nose and belathers, with soft-soap, tremendously.
Now hes trying to soft-soap the hermit into letting him have a hunt for it.Tom Fairfield in Camp
Do you think you can soft-soap me as easy as you did the boys?Friar Tuck
Robert Alexander Wason
After all, soft-soap has its virtues; it is just the thing for the aged!
We clamour for soft-soap; we demand it at the point of the bayonet.
- med another name for green soap
- informal flattering, persuasive, or cajoling talk
- informal to use such talk on (a person)
Flattery: “Mary asked the boss to stop giving her a lot of soft soap about her performance and to start leveling with her like any other employee.”
Flattery, cajolery, as in She's only six but she's learned how to get her way with soft soap. This colloquial expression alludes to liquid soap, likening its slippery quality to insincere flattery. Its figurative use was first recorded in 1830.