soapbox

noun
soap·box | \ ˈsōp-ˌbäks \

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

Synonyms for soapbox

Synonyms

forum, medium, outlet, platform, venue

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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

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Gym floors were lined with orange cones and checkered flags Wednesday as sixth-graders at Frederick Law Olmsted Academy North prepared to race soapbox cars. Supriya Sridhar, The Courier-Journal, "Soapbox races help JCPS students roll lessons together," 1 June 2018 But for James and Noah Mubiru, a father and son pair who’d missed the parade, the main event would be the debut of the soapbox derby. Brian Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Communities come together across San Antonio to celebrate the Fourth," 4 July 2018 The American Defense Society, a right-wing vigilante group, pulled anti-war speakers off soapboxes in New York City. Erick Trickey, Smithsonian, "When America’s Most Prominent Socialist Was Jailed for Speaking Out Against World War I," 15 June 2018 The President rode to the office of the presidency on a 140-character soapbox (now 280) and has since turned it into the ultimate presidential bully pulpit. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet," 28 June 2018 Jimmy Fallon is using his own soapbox to clap back at President Trump. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Jimmy Fallon Strikes Back at Trump: 'You’re the President! Why Are You Tweeting at Me?'," 26 June 2018 Some used the military green soapbox to revisit birther theories involving former President Barack Obama. Washington Post, "First lady’s ‘don’t care’ jacket is a gift to memers online," 22 June 2018 The judge did not want to see his courtroom become Kaczynski’s soapbox. William Finnegan, Smithsonian, "When the Unabomber Was Arrested, One of the Longest Manhunts in FBI History Was Finally Over," 18 May 2018 Even Cevian, which built its stake in 2013, has resorted to the media soapbox in this sorry case. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "How Many Activists Does It Take To Change An Industrial Icon?," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of soapbox

1907, in the meaning defined above

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15 Aug 2018

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The first known use of soapbox was in 1907

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soapbox

noun

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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