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soap·box

 (sōp′bŏks′)
n.
1. A carton in which soap is packed.
2. A temporary platform used while making an impromptu or nonofficial public speech.
intr.v. soap·boxed, soap·box·ing, soap·box·es Informal
To engage in impromptu or nonofficial public speaking, often flamboyantly.
Idiom:
on (one's) soapbox
Speaking one's views passionately or self-importantly.

soapbox

(ˈsəʊpˌbɒks)
n
1. (Commerce) a box or crate for packing soap
2. a crate used as a platform for speech-making
3. (Other Non-sporting Hobbies) a child's homemade racing cart consisting of a wooden box set on a wooden frame with wheels and a steerable front axle

soap′box`

or soap′ box`,



n.
an improvised platform, as one on a street, from which a speaker delivers an informal speech or political harangue.
[1650–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.soapbox - a crate for packing soapsoapbox - a crate for packing soap    
crate - a rugged box (usually made of wood); used for shipping
2.soapbox - a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on itsoapbox - a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
platform - a raised horizontal surface; "the speaker mounted the platform"
Translations

soapbox

[ˈsəʊpbɒks]
A. Ntribuna f improvisada
B. CPD soapbox orator Norador(a) m/f callejero/a

soapbox

[ˈsəʊpbɒks] ntribune f improvisée (en plein air)

soapbox

[ˈsəʊpˌbɒks] npalco improvvisato (per orazioni pubbliche)
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That is the mission of the Soap Box Derby, an international non-profit based in Akron, Ohio.
The chocolate was what is known as a chocolate walnut whirl, and Superintentent Wensley explained that there were at least five of them in the box, which was a fancy soap box, purple in colour, and which might easily have been mistaken for a fancy chocolate box.
EMMERDALE (7pm ITV) SOAPS have never shied away from tackling the thorny issues of the day, but it's unusual for them to climb up on a soap box as blatantly as Val (right) does tonight when she addresses the Woolpack in her HIV Positive T-shirt.
A graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, Howe has served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Columbus Lodging Council, the Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association, The Ohio Slate University Hospitality Advisory Board, as well as the Greater Columbus Soap Box Derby Association and the International Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio.
Even the most innocuous of lines are delivered as if on a soap box.
He would jump on his soap box in the old Bull Ring and preach the errors of our ways and ask that we should love and forgive the likes of Blackshirts like Moseley and his ilk
Still after watching two weeks of trashy American TV (among other things) I will never get on my soap box again about reality TV.
HUNDREDS are expected to throng the country's most northerly point to watch a breathtaking soap box derby.
McCluskey reminds me very much of a man in the 1970s who was known as Red Robbo and stood on his soap box and spouting off at the car workers.
It's is one thing to stand on a soap box -- it is another to stand on the bodies of miners and blindly further a career.
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A revived soap box derby for this year's Springtime In Paris festival will see the county closing a series of roads in the town.