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don't drop the soap!

vulgar Mocking pseudo-advice given to a man who might be or is about to be sent to prison, referring to prison rape that may occur if one bends over to retrieve dropped soap in the shower, thus exposing himself. You were sentenced to five years for selling drugs? Tough luck, man, don't drop the soap!
See also: drop

wash (someone's) mouth out (with soap)

To punish someone for using rude, vulgar, or obscene language by cleaning their mouth with soap (usually used merely as a threat). If you kids don't stop cussing in this house, I'm going to wash your mouths out with soap!
See also: mouth, out, wash

not know (someone) from a bar of soap

To be completely unaware of or know nothing about someone; to have never met the person indicated. My girlfriend got really excited when a movie star apparently walked past us, but I wouldn't know him from a bar of soap. Someone I wouldn't know from a bar of soap just contacted me online, claiming to be a distant relative.
See also: bar, know, not, of, soap

in soaped-pig fashion

Unclear and/or vague. The phrase refers to a now-outdated form of entertainment in which people tried to catch soaped pigs. Please make a decisive statement somewhere in your next paper because writing in this soaped-pig fashion won't get you a good grade!
See also: fashion

soap plant

Any plant that produces a lather that can be used for cleansing. Examples include the California soap plant, the soapberry, and the soapwort. My mom makes all-natural soap out of soap plants.
See also: plant, soap

no dice

No luck; no chance; certainly not. (Often said as a response, indicating a total refusal or rejection.) I tried swapping out the carburetor, but no dice. A: "Would you help me wash the dishes?" B: "Sorry, no dice. I've got somewhere I need to be."
See also: dice

no dice

Inf. no; not possible. When I asked about a loan, he said, "No dice." No. It can't be done, no dice.
See also: dice

no soap

Inf. no. I can't do it. No soap. No soap, I don't lend anyone money.
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soap someone or something down

to cover someone or something thoroughly with soap or suds. Mother soaped Timmy down and rinsed him off in warm water. she soaped down the floor.
See also: down, soap

soft soap

 
1. flattering talk; sweet talk. I don't mind a little soft soap. It won't affect what I decide, though. Don't waste my time with soft soap. I know you don't mean it.
2. (Usually soft-soap.) to attempt to convince someone (of something) by gentle persuasion. We couldn't soft-soap her into it. Don't try to soft-soap her. she's an old battle-ax.
See also: soap, soft

no dice

Also, no go; no soap. No, certainly not; also, impossible. For example, Anthony wanted to borrow my new coat, but Mom said no dice, or We tried to rent the church for the wedding, but it's no go for the date you picked, or Jim asked Dad to help pay for the repairs, but Dad said no soap. All of these slangy expressions indicate refusal or an unsuccessful attempt. No dice, from the 1920s, alludes to an unlucky throw in gambling; no go, alluding to lack of progress, dates from about 1820; and no soap dates from about 1920 and possibly alludes to the phrase it won't wash, meaning "it won't find acceptance." Also see nothing doing; won't wash.
See also: dice

no soap

see under no dice.
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soap opera

1. A radio or television serial with stock characters in domestic dramas that are noted for being sentimental and melodramatic. For example, She just watches soap operas all day long. This term originated in the mid-1930s and was so called because the sponsors of the earliest such radio shows were often soap manufacturers.
2. Real-life situation resembling one that might occur in a soap opera, as in She just goes on and on about her various medical and family problems, one long soap opera . [1940s]
See also: opera, soap

soft soap

Flattery, cajolery, as in She's only six but she's learned how to get her way with soft soap. This colloquial expression alludes to liquid soap, likening its slippery quality to insincere flattery. Its figurative use was first recorded in 1830.
See also: soap, soft

no dice

1. If you are trying to achieve something and you say there's no dice, you mean that you are having no success with it. I tried calling her and I tried one or two of her old friends in Hampstead, but there was no dice. I was hoping he'd offer me a ride in his hot-air balloon, but no dice.
2. If someone asks you for something and you reply no dice, you are refusing to do what they ask. Nope, sorry, we're not interested, no dice. Note: This expression comes from the game of craps (= a game that uses dice), and means that the player's last throw is not counted.
See also: dice

no soap

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
You say no soap to mean that you have failed to do something that you have been trying to do. I went over to his office yesterday and I called him at home this morning. No soap.
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no dice

used to refuse a request or indicate that there is no chance of success. North American informal
1990 Paul Auster The Music of Chance Sorry kid. No dice. You can talk yourself blue in the face, but I'm not going.
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no soap

no chance of something happening or occurring. North American informal
The origin of this expression, used to refuse a request, may lie in the mid 19th- century US informal use of soap to mean ‘money’.
1929 Edmund Wilson I Thought of Daisy If he tries to cut in on you, don't letum—I'll just tellum, no soap.
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soft soap

persuasive flattery.
The underlying idea is of soft soap (literally a type of semi-fluid soap) being lubricative and unctuous.
See also: soap, soft

no ˈdice

(spoken, especially American English) used to show that you refuse to do something or that something cannot be done: ‘Did you get that job?’ ‘No dice.’When you throw dice in a game, if they do not fall flat or they land on top of each other, the throw is invalid and considered no dice.
See also: dice

soap up

v.
1. To cover someone or something with soap: We soaped up the car, scrubbed well, and rinsed it clean. I soaped my legs up and shaved them.
2. To cover oneself with soap: I soaped up and rinsed off in the shower.
See also: soap, up

no dice

interj. no; not possible. When I asked about a loan, he said, No dice.
See also: dice

no soap

interj. no. No soap, I don’t lend anyone money.
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soap

n. a soap opera. Soaps are very popular on college campuses these days.

soft soap

1. n. flattering talk; sweet talk. I don’t mind a little soft soap. It won’t affect what I do, though.
2. tv. to attempt to convince someone (of something) by gentle persuasion. Don’t try to soft soap her. She’s an old battle-ax.
See also: soap, soft

Well, wash my mouth out with soap

and WWMMOWS
sent. & comp. abb. a request indicating pretend remorse for saying something profane or objectionable. So you don’t like my advanced vocabulary. WWMMOWS.
See also: mouth, out, soap, wash

no dice

1. Of no use; futile.
2. Used as a refusal to a request.
See also: dice

no soap

Slang
1. Not possible or permissible.
2. Unsuccessful; futile.
See also: soap

no dice

An absolute refusal. According to one explanation, courts would not convict gamblers at illegal craps games unless they were caught with dice (swallowing the evidence was not an uncommon way to get rid of it). “No dice, no conviction” was the watchword that referred to that refusal to convict.
See also: dice