Definition of soapbox in US 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To the side of it stood a lonely soapbox and a microphone.’
    • ‘Oh and does anybody have a good soapbox for me to stand on?’
    • ‘However, I'm also reminded of an analogy between blogs and old-style soapbox speakers in City parks.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I could see myself standing on a soapbox or addressing my adoring subjects from a balcony.’
    • ‘Every couple of feet one stood on a soapbox and made angry speeches to passing picketers.’
    1. 1.1 A thing that provides an opportunity for someone to air their views publicly.
      ‘fanzines are soapboxes for critical sports fans’
      • ‘They served to link isolated communities and provide a voice and soapbox for the voiceless.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And while I'm on this soapbox, don't forget to give blood if you are eligible.’
      • ‘It seems that you would rather get up on your soapbox and shout then have a meaningful conversation.’
      • ‘But there's a difference between that, and being on your whole anti-male, feminist soapbox, ranting away.’
      • ‘It definitely has a place in music, but it's not our thing to stand on a soapbox and speak out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If not, what does it take to convince you that you're providing a soapbox to an unstable lunatic?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They believe their own hype, and they have a powerful soapbox from which to promote it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Therefore I feel obliged to get up on my soapbox and voice my opinion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’