soapbox

noun

soap·​box ˈsōp-ˌbäks How to pronounce soapbox (audio)
: an improvised platform used by a self-appointed, spontaneous, or informal orator
broadly : something that provides an outlet for delivering opinions
soapbox adjective

Examples of soapbox in a Sentence

some readers don't appreciate that she sometimes uses her book blog as a soapbox for her political views
Recent Examples on the Web Afroman is getting on his political soapbox for a remix of his biggest hit. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2024 In his recent piece, Armstrong Williams has once again ascended his proverbial soapbox to lament the state of modern society, casting aspersions on today’s younger generation with broad, unsubstantiated claims. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 3 May 2024 Inside the charming and intense competition to represent New York City at the international soapbox derby championship this summer. Bernard Mokam Gabriela Bhaskar, New York Times, 11 May 2024 In the days before the arrival of 20th-century mass media, politicians, barkers and buskers often found eager audiences by simply mounting a soapbox, a flour barrel or even climbing a ladder on a crowded street — at least if the police did not object. Michael Jackman, Detroit Free Press, 9 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for soapbox 

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soapbox was in 1907

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“Soapbox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soapbox. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

soapbox

noun
soap·​box -ˌbäks How to pronounce soapbox (audio)
: something used as a platform (as on a street) by someone giving a speech to passersby
soapbox adjective

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