Definition of carbolic soap in English:

carbolic soap


  • Disinfectant soap containing phenol.

    • ‘Her world was ordered properly, leaving her nicely settled in her old age, free to sit comfortably through the long afternoons in a wholesome air of carbolic soap and lavender polish.’
    • ‘Rays of early morning sun splinter into ever broadening shafts of light as they pierce the half open venetian blinds of a dishevelled, dusty and dreary office filled with a heavy scent of carbolic soap.’
    • ‘Maggie was a servant girl in her youth and could wield the dykebrush, carbolic soap and dishcloth with better results than anyone I had ever seen before.’
    • ‘This autumn, we should be wearing neat, discreet fashion and talking in clipped, Celia Johnson voices about tea caddies and how marvellous carbolic is on stains.’
    • ‘As I opened this watch, which my sister had found hidden in her attic after all these years, there was a distinct smell of carbolic soap and it reminded me at once of Grandfather.’
    • ‘We used to make a carbolic soap, sold in long bars, and Tiki soap.’
    • ‘Then he soaped the scrubbing brush with red carbolic and scrubbed his back.’
    • ‘Stepping into the chemists shop with its huge glass bottles of green and purple liquid, jars of liquorice root and its distinctive smell of carbolic soap took me straight back to my grandmother's house.’
    • ‘The implements of Vera's illegal trade are a syringe, carbolic soap, a cheese grater and some disinfectant.’
    • ‘Granny dragged her from the bed and pushed her into the cold bathroom with its pink carbolic soap.’
    • ‘It would free us up time to get on with scrubbing ourselves with carbolic soap…’
    • ‘How will they get by on Sunday, with no shampoo, just grated carbolic soap.’
    • ‘An ancient drugs store, this antiquated treat offers carbolic soap, sherbet dib-dabs as well as a variety of other gifts long since disappeared from general sale.’
    • ‘Ripon Workhouse Museum recalls when the homeless could get a straw bed, weak tea and a meal, if they did not smell of alcohol and agreed to wash themselves down with carbolic soap.’


carbolic soap

/kärˈbälik ˈsōp/