soft-soap

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v soft-soap use flattering talk on somebody
    • v soft-soap persuade someone through flattery
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Soft-soap to flatter for some end
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Idioms

Soft soap someone - If you soft soap someone, you flatter them.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sófte, séfte; Dut. zacht, Ger. sanft.

Usage

In literature:

Soft soap may be used, or a bar of hard dissolved in hot water, and used like soft soap.
"The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking" by Helen Campbell
You didn't raise me on soft soap and mush.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
She would have enlarged upon the subject, if it had not been for the man at her back who was calling out for his soft soap.
"One of Life's Slaves" by Jonas Lauritz Idemil Lie
The open windows and the wet boards reeking with soft soap evidently astonished him.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
We had the "Head Barber," and, of course, any amount of soft soap.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
I smelt again the rank soft-soap in the great bare schoolrooms.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
I mean soft soap and glass paper.
"If Winter Don't" by Barry Pain
The horse's legs were plunged into a high bucket of warm water, and if dirty, soft soap was used.
"A New Illustrated Edition of J. S. Rarey's Art of Taming Horses" by J. S. Rarey
Soft soap ain't gener'ly in your line; makes me laff to see you handlin' it.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
What perpetual worry is caused by seeing how soap is left in the water until it is so soft as to have lost half its value!
"Nelson's Home Comforts" by Mary Hooper
Into two gallons of water put two quarts of soft-soap and one fourth pound of sulphur.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
If a little soft-soap is added it makes a better wash.
"Roses and Rose Growing" by Rose Georgina Kingsley
It may be used in the forming of soft soaps by uniting it with free fatty acids.
"Soap-Making Manual" by E. G. Thomssen
Or pour down the throat a pint bottle full of soft soap, mixed with sufficient hot water to make it run freely.
"Domestic Animals" by Richard L. Allen
It smelt, she said, of soft soap and of the end of things.
"The Setons" by O. Douglas
Soft-soap the old girl.
"Dawson Black: Retail Merchant" by Harold Whitehead
If the soap were prepared too long beforehand it would become crumbly and dry; it has to be soft and damp.
"Water Wizardry" by Arthur Ainslie
And takes by the nose and belathers, with soft-soap, tremendously.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 105 December 16, 1893" by Various
To begin with, a size of soft soap and water is prepared.
"The Potter's Craft" by Charles F. Binns
Borax is sometimes added to soap, and is useful when the water is hard, but not necessary in soft water.
"Foods and Household Management" by Helen Kinne
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In poetry:

Teah, coffee, currans, spenish juice,
Soft soap an' paader blue,
Presarves an' pickles, cinnamon,
Allspice an' pepper too.
"Th' Traitle Sop" by John Hartley
There’s young Soft Soap, always petted,
"He’s a noble, harmless youth."
Young Spread Eagle he is hated,
He’s a fool and tells the truth.
"Fools" by Joseph Warren Watson
Kind o’er the kinderbank leans my Myfanwy,
White o’er the playpen the sheen of her dress,
Fresh from the bathroom and soft in the nursery
Soap scented fingers I long to caress.
"Myfanwy" by Sir John Betjeman

In news:

Ink & Peat on Williams has stocked up on a zillion beautiful bars of soap to keep you soft and smelling fresh as a daisy all summer.
They clean their glasses more often, and they clean them correctly, with soft soap, water and a soft cloth.
In theory, you can make soap by treating almost any fat or oil with sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide (for a 'soft' soap ).
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