soap ( soaps plural & 3rd person present) ( soaping present participle) ( soaped past tense & past participle )
1 n-mass Soap is a substance that you use with water for washing yourself or sometimes for washing clothes.
...a bar of lavender soap., ...a large packet of soap powder., ...a soap bubble.
2 verb If you soapyourself, you rub soap on your body in order to wash yourself.
She soaped herself all over. V pron-refl
3 n-count A soap is the same as a soap opera. INFORMAL
soap opera ( soap operas plural ) A soap opera is a popular television drama series about the daily lives and problems of a group of people who live in a particular place. n-count
soft-soap ( soft-soaps 3rd person present) ( soft-soaping present participle) ( soft-soaped past tense & past participle ) If you soft-soap someone, you flatter them or tell them what you think they want to hear in order to try and persuade them to do something. verb
The government is not soft-soaping the voters here. V n
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