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soap opera

noun

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something (as a work of literature or music) that is too sentimental
  • the movie started out well, but quickly devolved into improbable soap opera

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The first known use of soap opera was in 1938

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“Soap opera.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/soap%20opera. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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