soap·​box | \ ˈsōp-ˌbäks How to pronounce soapbox (audio) \

Definition of soapbox

: an improvised platform used by a self-appointed, spontaneous, or informal orator broadly : something that provides an outlet for delivering opinions

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soapbox adjective

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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 Everybody needs to come down off the soapbox and get to a place of solution. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 This means the location can now be a soapbox for all of Houston. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 1 Oct. 2021 The soapbox, the ballot box, the jury box, and the ammo box. Brian Stelter, CNN, 13 Sep. 2021 At no point did that show pause the action to get up on a soapbox and be all didactic for the sake of scoring some easy points with the woke left. Graham Techler, The New Yorker, 28 Aug. 2021 This show is a smile all the way, so just admire the scenery and the plot, and get off the soapbox. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2021 Careful thought should be given before climbing onto a soapbox to lecture about parenthood. Star Tribune, 19 June 2021 Business leaders and thought leaders should think of social media as a chance to build networks and amplify others’ voices — not just as a personal soapbox. Paul Blanchard, Rolling Stone, 14 May 2021 To wrap up with the usual soapbox about AI being a tool, deep learning is only part of the system. David A. Teich, Forbes, 11 May 2021

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First Known Use of soapbox

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of soapbox was in 1907

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3 Dec 2021

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“Soapbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of soapbox

: a box or small platform that someone stands on to give a speech to people in an outdoor, public place

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