Definition of Soapbox

1. Noun. A crate for packing soap.

Generic synonyms: Crate

2. Noun. A platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it.
Exact synonyms: Ambo, Dais, Podium, Pulpit, Rostrum, Stump
Generic synonyms: Platform

Definition of Soapbox

1. Noun. (literally) A crate for packing soap, or, by extension, any inexpensive crude platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it, especially when used for speeches. ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively idiomatic) A talk about one's pet topic (or the topic itself), especially when only tangentially relevant to an ongoing discussion. ¹

3. Noun. a soapbox car ¹

4. Verb. To give a speech from (or as if from) a soapbox. ¹

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Definition of Soapbox

1. to deliver an informal impassioned speech on the street [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Soapbox

soap dispenser
soap film
soap flakes
soap opera
soap operas
soap pad
soap powder
soap tree
soapberry family
soapberry tree
soapberry vine
soapbox (current term)
soapbox car
soapbox cars

Literary usage of Soapbox

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Mince pie: Adventures on the Sunny Side of Grub Street by Christopher Morley (1919)
"... naive Ingersoll the squeaking timber of the soapbox, yet even a soapbox does lift a man a few inches above the level of the clay. ..."

2. Situational Communication: Relating Styles / by Donald L. MacRae by MacRae, Donald L., 1941-, Dr. Donald L. MacRae (1993)
""Well, a bit," responded Peter with a grin, "but I sure like the soapbox that you're on. I've worked for both types of manager: the one who wore his ..."

3. The Best Plays by Burns Mantle, Louis Kronenberger (1899)
"JASON (turning to Miss CRANE, continuing as if she hadn't spoken)—Almost any night, standing on a soapbox, you will find Mr. Ambler's counterpart, ..."

4. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company, Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept (1910)
"... and presently she was pouring out the tale of those lonely years in his ears while the child sat wonder-struck and happy on a soapbox near them. ..."

5. Harper's New Monthly Magazine by Henry Mills Alden (1874)
"None of these statements hae any resemblance to the truth. There was no soapbox, no series of jerks, no excessive excitement, no slipping of the knot, ..."

6. Annual Report by Indiana State Board of Health (1907)
"Teacher's desk plain oak table, no seat but a soapbox. Coal house, 10x20, in yard. Closets, brlek, one on each corner of lot hack. Xo screens. ..."

7. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1915)
"On this a soapbox, big enough to accommodate Henry, was screwed. A strong axle was screwed at the back of box on the under side, and a similar one to the ..."

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