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One who makes an impassioned, impromptu speech. (Soapboxes were once commonly used as makeshift platforms for such speeches.) It seems like there's a soapbox orator on every corner in this city. Sorry, I couldn't hear you over that soapbox orator who's ranting about the government.
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get on your soapbox
to start expressing strong opinions, especially about a subject that people are bored of hearing you speak about
Usage notes: A soapbox is a wooden box that people stood on in the past when they were making a speech in public.It was that point in the evening when my father got on his soapbox and started lecturing us on the evils of the modern world.
on one's soapbox
Expressing one's views passionately or self-importantly, as in Dexter can't resist getting on his soapbox about school expenditures. This expression comes from the literal use of a soapbox as an improvised platform for a speaker, usually outdoors. [Mid-1600s]
on (one's) soapbox
Speaking one's views passionately or self-importantly.