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soap

[sohp] /soʊp/
noun
1.
a substance used for washing and cleansing purposes, usually made by treating a fat with an alkali, as sodium or potassium hydroxide, and consisting chiefly of the sodium or potassium salts of the acids contained in the fat.
2.
any metallic salt of an acid derived from a fat.
3.
Slang. money, especially as used for bribery in politics.
4.
Slang.. Also, soaper. soap opera.
verb (used with object)
5.
to rub, cover, lather, or treat with soap.
Idioms
6.
no soap, Informal. no go:
He wanted me to vote for him, but I told him no soap.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English sope, Old English sāpe, cognate with German Seife, Dutch zeep, all < West Germanic (perhaps ≫ Latin sāpō; cf. saponify)
Related forms
soapless, adjective
soaplike, adjective
oversoap, verb (used with object)
unsoaped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for oversoap

soap

/səʊp/
noun
1.
a cleaning or emulsifying agent made by reacting animal or vegetable fats or oils with potassium or sodium hydroxide. Soaps often contain colouring matter and perfume and act by emulsifying grease and lowering the surface tension of water, so that it more readily penetrates open materials such as textiles See also detergent related adjective saponaceous
2.
any metallic salt of a fatty acid, such as palmitic or stearic acid See also metallic soap
3.
(slang) flattery or persuasive talk (esp in the phrase soft soap)
4.
(informal) short for soap opera
5.
(US & Canadian, slang) money, esp for bribery
6.
(US & Canadian, slang) no soap, not possible or successful
verb
7.
(transitive) to apply soap to
8.
(slang) (transitive) often foll by up
  1. to flatter or talk persuasively to
  2. (US & Canadian) to bribe
Derived Forms
soapless, adjective
soaplike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sāpe; related to Old High German seipfa, Old French savon, Latin sāpō
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Word Origin and History for oversoap
soap
O.E. sape "soap" (originally a reddish hair dye used by Gmc. warriors to give a frightening appearance), from W.Gmc. *saipo- "dripping thing, resin" (cf. M.L.G. sepe, W.Fris. sjippe, Du. zeep, O.H.G. seiffa, Ger. seife "soap," O.H.G. seifar "foam," O.E. sipian "to drip"), from PIE base *seib- "to pour out, drip, trickle" (cf. L. sebum "tallow, suet, grease"). Romans and Greeks used oil to clean skin; the Romance language words for "soap" (cf. It. sapone, Fr. savon, Sp. jabon) are from L.L. sapo (first mentioned in Pliny), which is a Gmc. loan-word, as is Finnish saippua. The meaning "flattery" is recorded from 1853. The verb is first attested 1585. Soapstone (1681) is occasionally used for cleaning.
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oversoap in Medicine

soap (sōp)
n.

  1. A cleansing agent made from a mixture of the sodium salts of various fatty acids of natural oils and fats.

  2. A metallic salt of a fatty acid, as of aluminum or iron.


soap v.
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oversoap in Science
soap
  (sōp)   
A substance used for washing or cleaning, consisting of a mixture of sodium or potassium salts of naturally occurring fatty acids. Like detergents, soaps work by surrounding particles of grease or dirt with their molecules, thereby allowing them to be carried away. Unlike detergents, soaps react with the minerals common in most water, forming an insoluble film that remains on fabrics. For this reason soap is not as efficient a cleaner as most detergents. The film is also what causes rings to form in bathtubs. Compare detergent.
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Slang definitions & phrases for oversoap

soap

noun
  1. soft soap (1854+)
  2. soap opera (1943+)
verb

To flatter and cajole; sweet-talk: one of those Republicans who soaped Vivien (1853+)

Related Terms

no soap


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Related Abbreviations for oversoap

SOAP

  1. Simple Object Access Protocol
  2. Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology
  3. Spectrometric Oil Analysis Program
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oversoap in the Bible

(Jer. 2:22; Mal. 3:2; Heb. borith), properly a vegetable alkali, obtained from the ashes of certain plants, particularly the salsola kali (saltwort), which abounds on the shores of the Dead Sea and of the Mediterranean. It does not appear that the Hebrews were acquainted with what is now called "soap," which is a compound of alkaline carbonates with oleaginous matter. The word "purely" in Isa. 1:25 (R.V., "throughly;" marg., "as with lye") is lit. "as with _bor_." This word means "clearness," and hence also that which makes clear, or pure, alkali. "The ancients made use of alkali mingled with oil, instead of soap (Job 9:30), and also in smelting metals, to make them melt and flow more readily and purely" (Gesenius).

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Idioms and Phrases with oversoap
In addition to the idiom beginning with
soap
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