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soapbox

[sohp-boks] /ˈsoʊpˌbɒks/
noun
1.
Also, soap box. an improvised platform, as one on a street, from which a speaker delivers an informal speech, an appeal, or political harangue.
adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a speaker or speech from a soapbox.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; soap + box1
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British Dictionary definitions for soap-box

soapbox

/ˈsəʊpˌbɒks/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for soap-box
n.

also soapbox, 1650s, "box for holding soap," later especially a wooden crate in which soap may be packed; from soap (n.) + box (n.). 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 to 1933.

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Slang definitions & phrases for soap-box

soapbox

noun

The attitude from which one orates, pontificates, counsels urgently, etc: Be careful or she'll get on the old soapbox and preach about fiscal iniquity (1907+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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