Definitions for soapbox

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

soap′box`(n.)

or soap′ box`

  1. an improvised platform, as one on a street, from which a speaker delivers an informal speech or political harangue.

Origin of soapbox:

1650–60

Princeton's WordNet

  1. soapbox(noun)

    a crate for packing soap

  2. dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, ambo, stump, soapbox(noun)

    a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it

Wiktionary

  1. soapbox(Noun)

    A crate for packing soap, or, by extension, any inexpensive crude platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it, especially when used for speeches.

    The madman obtained a soapbox which he stood on at the corner of Broadway and Wall street, to shout out his prophesy of the end of the world.

  2. soapbox(Noun)

    A talk about one's pet topic (or the topic itself), especially when only tangentially relevant to an ongoing discussion.

    He's been on his soapbox all day about the new football coach.

  3. soapbox(Noun)

    a soapbox car

  4. soapbox(Verb)

    To give a speech from (or as if from) a soapbox.

Freebase

  1. Soapbox

    A soapbox is a raised platform on which one stands to make an impromptu speech, often about a political subject. The term originates from the days when speakers would elevate themselves by standing on a wooden crate originally used for shipment of soap or other dry goods from a manufacturer to a retail store. The term is also used metaphorically to describe a person engaging in often flamboyant impromptu or unofficial public speaking, as in the phrases "He's on his soapbox", or "Get off your soapbox." Hyde Park, London is known for its Sunday soapbox orators, who have assembled at Speakers' Corner since 1872 to discuss religion, politics and other topics. A modern form of the soapbox is a blog: a website on which a user publishes his/her thoughts to whomever they are read by.

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