soap box


Also, soap box. an improvised platform, as one on a street, from which a speaker delivers an informal speech, an appeal, or political harangue.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a speaker or speech from a soapbox.

1650–60; soap + box1 Unabridged
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soapbox (ˈsəʊpˌbɒks)
1.  a box or crate for packing soap
2.  a crate used as a platform for speech-making
3.  a child's homemade racing cart consisting of a wooden box set on a wooden frame with wheels and a steerable front axle

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soap box
1660, box for holding soap, later esp. a wooden crate in which soap may be packed. Typical of a makeshift stand for a public orator since at least 1907. Also used by children to make racing carts, cf. soap-box derby, annual race in Dayton, Ohio, which dates back to 1933.
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