soapbox

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n soapbox a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
    • n soapbox a crate for packing soap
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Idioms

Get on your soapbox - If someone on their soapbox, they hold forth (talk a lot) about a subject they feel strongly about.
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On your soapbox - If someone is up on their soapbox about something, they are very overtly and verbally passionate about the topic.
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Usage

In literature:

When Freckles returned from the tree to join in the work around the camp, he caught glimpses of her enthroned on a soapbox, cleaning beans.
"Freckles" by Gene Stratton-Porter
He then set the candle on the floor, backed by an up-ended soapbox.
"The Drums Of Jeopardy" by Harold MacGrath
The soapbox will be her cell, for it was so small she could not lie down in it.
"Homespun Tales" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Then it managed to turn its head, and it saw a big, beautiful man sitting on the end of an old soapbox and smoking a pipe.
"Aladdin O'Brien" by Gouverneur Morris
Were they waiting for him to get up on a soapbox?
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
There stood the tree, wedged firmly into the soapbox support with flat irons around the base for ballast.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
The wagon he drew was a soapbox fitted with a pair of wheels from a go-cart.
"The Torch Bearer" by I. T. Thurston
I should bring my own in a little metal soapbox or well wrapped in thick paper.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
An old soapbox or tea-chest serves as a chest of drawers, drawing-room table, and clothes-box.
"Gipsy Life being an account of our Gipsies and their children" by George Smith
If a soapbox be nailed at one end the baby may be put into this for a safe ride.
"Home Occupations for Boys and Girls" by Bertha Johnston
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In news:

IN 1968 the Soapbox Derby Race was held in Shadyside, and was sponsored by the JayCee's.
Thinking Outside the Soapbox .
My Caleb Campbell soapbox .
And the Red Bull energy drink sponsors people-powered soapbox races.
I decided to drag out the soapbox for a bit of random commentary in an effort to clear the blockage.
I'm Stepping Up on My Soapbox Again.
Former Dallas Cowboys safety Darren Woodson will be one of the judges at Saturday's Red Bull Soapbox Race in Dallas.
Soapbox : Starbucks says "OK" to guns.
Scott's Soapbox : 2012-13 season just around the corner.
DECATUR — A financially strapped metro Atlanta county is putting the brakes on a planned soapbox derby track.
Dr Bronner's Magic Soapbox and 2112?
Briana's pick: Dr Bronner's Magic Soapbox .
Although I'm not sure that it's necessarily nerdy, the documentary, "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox " is certainly wacky.
It's time to stand on a soapbox .
Paul Ryan was on his soapbox — and he couldn't get off fast enough.
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