Definition of soapbox in English:



  • 1A box or crate used as a makeshift stand by a public speaker.

    as modifier ‘a soapbox orator’
    • ‘He likened the Internet to Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park, London, where robust opinions can be expressed - but with the speaker using old technology called a soapbox.’
    • ‘I could see myself standing on a soapbox or addressing my adoring subjects from a balcony.’
    • ‘However, I'm also reminded of an analogy between blogs and old-style soapbox speakers in City parks.’
    • ‘Every couple of feet one stood on a soapbox and made angry speeches to passing picketers.’
    • ‘Like the soapbox speakers, the cafeterias offered working-class people places to debate and discuss a wide range of issues.’
    • ‘First, these protests allowed workers to express their political views; as already noted, in this respect they might be seen as similar to the soapbox speakers and the cafeterias which lined the Square.’
    • ‘To the side of it stood a lonely soapbox and a microphone.’
    • ‘He never questioned his own devotion to theater; an actor's actor, he would set up on a soapbox and perform for a scarce audience if the situation called for it.’
    • ‘In addition, the Constitution protects not only the sermons of a solitary activist, standing on a corner soapbox.’
    • ‘Standing on soapboxes, handing out pamphlets, mass demonstrations - is there enough legal protection for those who want to make a political point in a public space?’
    • ‘Oh and does anybody have a good soapbox for me to stand on?’
    • ‘Through the use of chat rooms, any person with a phone line can become a town crier with a voice that resonates farther than it could from any soapbox.’
    1. 1.1 Used with reference to a situation in which someone expresses strong opinions about a particular subject.
      ‘I do tend to get up on my soapbox about this issue’
      • ‘Thus, blogs can function as a teen's diary, a political pundit's soapbox, or even simply as one person's view of the news.’
      • ‘So while I haven't stopped caring about designing and developing for the Web, I don't publicly stand on that particular soapbox that much anymore.’
      • ‘The whole thing turned into an opportunistic political catfight, with booksellers given a soapbox and a spotlight to use in trying to make a buck off the pain and suffering of a nation.’
      • ‘But I'll get up on my soapbox about almost anything if I hear someone else express a strong opinion about it that I don't agree with.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, I have an opportunity to get up on the soapbox here and rant and rave, and a candidate should show an ability to grasp a variety of social issues.’
      • ‘Sometimes it gave me the chance to mount my soapbox and sound off on subjects I care passionately about, and sometimes it opened my mind to new topics and ideas that I then went on to write about.’
      • ‘But there's a difference between that, and being on your whole anti-male, feminist soapbox, ranting away.’
      • ‘It seems that you would rather get up on your soapbox and shout then have a meaningful conversation.’
      • ‘It definitely has a place in music, but it's not our thing to stand on a soapbox and speak out.’
      • ‘Therefore I feel obliged to get up on my soapbox and voice my opinion.’
      • ‘They served to link isolated communities and provide a voice and soapbox for the voiceless.’
      • ‘If not, what does it take to convince you that you're providing a soapbox to an unstable lunatic?’
      • ‘And while I'm on this soapbox, don't forget to give blood if you are eligible.’
      • ‘To some it is the lowest form of radio, yet the phone-in show, that bizarre combo of confessional, soapbox and sounding board, is the one medium where the public ceases to be a statistic and actually finds its voice.’
      • ‘While the media certainly has the obligation to report on the news, one wonders how much complicity it is taking on by giving these sorts of groups such an open and fairly uncritical soapbox on which to make their demands.’
      • ‘Yet whenever I get on my activist soapbox I am reminded by fellow childcare providers that ‘at least you get paid to stay at home with your baby,’ as if caring for my own child is some kind of grand extravagance.’
      • ‘If we find out that professors already believe they have all the answers, and that they view their positions as mere soapboxes for their own political beliefs, well, then that is corruption.’
      • ‘They believe their own hype, and they have a powerful soapbox from which to promote it.’
      • ‘In short, this law will provide a soapbox for extremists of all types.’
      • ‘I'm not using this soapbox to slam the concept of equity financing, nor the venture capitalists who make it possible.’