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  ( 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.  

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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soap opera, soapy, sop, sap

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
internet site allowing to view TV programs after their broadcast allowing targeted advertisement. Requires high-speed internet connexion
watching TV in excess
a teenager who spends most of his time in front of a screen (computer, smartphone, tablet, TV)
(about a movie or TV series) reach a point when, due to a unauthentic scene, it loses the appreciation of the public
made popular by "Indiana Jones" whose hero survives an explosion by hiding in a fridge
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