soft soap definition by Webster's New World
- soap in liquid or semifluid form
- Informal flattery or smooth talk
Informal to flatter
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- soft-soaper noun
soft soap definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A fluid or semifluid soap.
- Informal Flattery; cajolery.
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transitive verb soft-soaped, soft-soap·ing, soft-soaps Informal
To flatter in order to gain something; cajole.
- softˈ-soapˈer noun
soft soap - Cultural Definition
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Flattery: “Mary asked the boss to stop giving her a lot of soft soap about her performance and to start leveling with her like any other employee.”
soft soap - Phrases/Idioms
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.