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A box or crate, originally one in which soap had been packed, used as a makeshift stand by a public speaker. Although the soapbox as a device for public speaking is associated with the first half of the 20th century, it had a brief renaissance in the British general election of 1992, when the Conservative Prime Minister John Major, faced with unfavourable polls, reverted to it as his personal means for making speeches on the hustings.

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