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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Other Words from soapbox

soapbox adjective

Synonyms for soapbox


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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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 There’s more to free speech than standing on a soapbox on the town square and shouting. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Wrong Bogeymen," 19 June 2019 Four months ahead of Brazil’s presidential elections, WhatsApp groups are becoming virtual soapboxes on which Brazilians are calling for more drastic solutions to the country’s woes. Marina Lopes, Washington Post, "WhatsApp is upending the role of unions in Brazil. Next, it may transform politics.," 11 June 2018 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

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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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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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