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

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 But standing on a soapbox is not an aspiration for all organizations. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "How the communication cookie crumbles," 15 Nov. 2020 Peterson then stopped and took a moment to stand on a soapbox and make his own pitch to the NFL about having more referees on the field. Katherine Fitzgerald, The Arizona Republic, "Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins wants NFL to count pass interference yards as receiving yards," 14 Nov. 2020 My concerns and thoughts, happy with their time at the soapbox, stepped back and stopped plaguing me first thing in the morning. Hillary Richard, New York Times, "Shh. It’s Breakfast Time.," 17 Oct. 2020 A few weeks later, a small wooden soapbox was delivered to an undertaker. Paul Brown, Longreads, "How Four Americans Robbed the Bank of England," 10 Aug. 2020 Diego, for some reason, is still on his soapbox yelling about saving JFK. Rachel Paige,, "R29 Binge Club: Umbrella Academy Season 2 Recap," 3 Aug. 2020 That droll demeanor is not the stuff of the Iowa State Fair soapbox, but few things about Bloomberg’s campaign are typical. Washington Post, "Aboard Bloomberg bus: Droll wit, swag, Texas-size ambition," 12 Jan. 2020 Dear Annie: Your column often makes a good soapbox. cleveland, "Dear Annie: Financial friction is causing tension between siblings," 12 Apr. 2020 Dear Annie: Your column often makes a good soapbox. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Brother takes it badly after couple stop supporting his business," 12 Apr. 2020

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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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“Soapbox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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