AskDefine | Define soapbox

Dictionary Definition



1 a crate for packing soap
2 a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it [syn: dais, podium, pulpit, rostrum, ambo, stump]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /'səʊpbɒks/


soap + box

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  1. In the context of "literal": 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. In the context of "figurative|idiom": A talk about one's pet topic (or the topic itself,) especially when only tangentially relevant to an ongoing discussion.


a platform


Extensive Definition

A soapbox is a raised platform on which one stands to make an impromptu speech, often about a political subject. It is also used to express concerns or to release frustration.
The term originates from when speakers would stand on a wooden box meant for holding soap. 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 one's thoughts to whomever reads the page.

See also

soapbox in Simple English: Soapbox

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