soft-soap

soft soap

noun
1.
Informal. persuasive talk; flattery: to use soft soap to get one's way.
2.
the semifluid soap produced when potassium hydroxide is used in the saponification of a fat or an oil.

Origin:
1625–35

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soft-soap

[sawft-sohp, soft-]
verb (used with object)
1.
Informal. to cajole; flatter.
2.
to apply soft soap to.
verb (used without object)
3.
to use soft soap in washing.

Origin:
1820–30

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soft soap
 
n
1.  med another name for green soap
2.  informal flattering, persuasive, or cajoling talk
 
vb
3.  informal to use such talk on (a person)

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soft soap definition


Flattery: “Mary asked the boss to stop giving her a lot of soft soap about her performance and to start leveling with her like any other employee.”

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