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

1820–30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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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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