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soap bubble

a bubble of soapsuds.
something that lacks substance or permanence.
Origin of soap bubble
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Some may think this extravagant praise for a little story which, after all (they will say), is flimsy as a soap bubble.

    Adventures in Criticism Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Like a boy's soap bubble, it glitters for a brief moment in iridescent rotundity, then ceases to be even a film of air.

  • A soap bubble takes its spherical shape because this form holds the confined air within the smallest possible surface.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • Everyone has recognized the ease with which a soap bubble will float in the air, and yet it is simply a film of moisture.

  • I was wondering where you were, she said smiling sweetly as she floated away with him like a soap bubble on a summer breeze.

  • Sa dihang miugsad ang buwà sa sabun sa yútà, mibutu kini, When the soap bubble landed on the ground, it burst.

  • I place upon my hand a soap bubble filled with the mixture of both gases.

  • When the heart beats the noise which is set up thereby is received by the stethoscope and conveyed to the soap bubble.

    Practical Cinematography and Its Applications Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot
  • It is the same effect, called "iridescence," as is seen on the mother-of-pearl and on a soap bubble.

  • The divers have air pumped to them, and they wear a big thing on their heads like a soap bubble, only it's called a helmet.

British Dictionary definitions for soap bubble

soap bubble

a bubble formed from soapy water
something that is ephemeral but attractive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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