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 While supporters and right-wing conservatives argue that the policy is healthy for freedom of speech, critics have lambasted Facebook for endangering democracy by providing an unhindered online soapbox for falsehoods. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Twitter Is Banning Political Ads Ahead of the 2020 Election," 31 Oct. 2019 Nixon had neither the equivalent of Fox News to support him nor the soapbox of Twitter to accuse his detractors of treason and witch-hunting. Washington Post, "GOP unlikely to reprise role it played in Nixon’s 1974 exit," 5 Oct. 2019 Some blasted liquor and beer, others warned against wine and one Methodist pastor took to his soapbox to condemn hard cider. Jacques Kelly,, "A new light shines on the Druid Hill Park archway and its neighbors," 2 Nov. 2019 It was built with wood salvaged from the Perkins homestead, crafted by a Warren grassroots donor who owns an all-woman woodworking company, and modeled after the soapboxes that organizers would speak from during the early labor movement. Charlotte Alter, Time, "'One Woman, and Millions of People to Back Her Up.' How Elizabeth Warren Made Fighting Corruption A Feminist Rallying Cry," 17 Sep. 2019 According to The Des Moines Register, all of the Democratic presidential candidates were invited to deliver soapbox speeches. NBC News, "Fried food and stump speeches: The Iowa State Fair is back," 7 Aug. 2019 Some candidates tried to use the soapbox at the state fairground to cement or improve their standing in Iowa polls six months before the first caucus. Washington Post, "Corn dogs and candidates: Democrats woo voters at the Iowa State Fair," 11 Aug. 2019 The rest of the crowded Democratic field will take the soapbox over the next few days. J.f. | Des Moines, The Economist, "Nearly two dozen presidential candidates descend on Iowa," 9 Aug. 2019 The crew has nothing in common except a passion for sports, from surfing to soapbox derby. Lee Jenkins,, "Fantastic Voyage: Kobe Bryant Is Now an Entertainment Mogul with a Friendlier Mission," 12 July 2018

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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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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Soapbox.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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