soapbox orator

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soapbox orator

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.
See also: soapbox
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Maxton was a parliamentary and soapbox orator elected as an MP in 1922, when Labour wiped out the Liberals as the main opposition party.
During his journey he learned how to crochet, worked as a refuse collector, became a soapbox orator, ice-cream maker and an undertaker, among many other jobs.
Yet here we have Lakhdar Brahimi, a UN Under Secretary General and adviser to Kofi Annan, erupting like a soapbox orator.
The Glasgow teacher-turnedpolitician was a parliamentary and soapbox orator who had the vision for self-rule and foresaw a Scottish parliament that would establish a socialist society.
Whether it Is Jews who revere Moses or Sikhs following Guru Nanak, people of all religions can demonstrate the same commitment to their founders whenever they are criticised - not resorting to aggression or violence, but drawing attention to and epitomising the beautiful teachings they brought; teachings of love, respect and goodwill for all; teachings that the Wiiders and soapbox orators of this world could learn a great deal from.
15 Name the area at the northeast end of Hyde Park renowned for its soapbox orators.
And before the soapbox orators move in, let us all be aware of the economic reality.