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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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  • "At a soap-bubble which has burst," interposed Madame du Gua, gaily.

    The Chouans Honore de Balzac
  • Every one has noticed the beautiful colours manifested in a soap-bubble.

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
  • Thus lightly has Raphael breathed the Madonna di Foligno upon the clouds; she rests there as a soap-bubble rests upon velvet.

    O. T. Hans Christian Andersen
  • She too felt sad now, sad because of the soap-bubble that had burst.

  • But the source of most historic interest is, as already stated, the soap-bubble.

    Six Lectures on Light John Tyndall
  • But if life is a soap-bubble, and not a pearl, shall a woman sell all that she has and buy it?

    A New Atmosphere Gail Hamilton
  • A soap-bubble as it floats in the light of the sun reflects to the eye an endless variety of the most gorgeous tints of colour.

  • You may well ask what all this has to do with a soap-bubble.

    Soap-Bubbles C. V. Boys
  • But the first news that met me on my return to college broke my soap-bubble at one touch.

    My Wife and I Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • We are now almost able to see what the conic section has to do with a soap-bubble.

    Soap-Bubbles C. V. Boys
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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Word Origin and History for soap-bubble

1800, from soap (n.) + bubble (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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