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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fluid or semifluid soap.
  • n. Informal Flattery; cajolery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of soft-soap.
  • v. Alternative spelling of soft-soap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under Soap.
  • n. a soap of a gray or brownish yellow color, and of a slimy, jellylike consistence, made from potash or the lye from wood ashes. It is strongly alkaline and often contains glycerin, and is used in scouring wood, in cleansing linen, in dyehouses, etc. Figuratively, flattery; wheedling; blarney.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To flatter, especially for the attainment of some selfish end. See soap, n. and verb

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a soft (or liquid) soap made from vegetable oils; used in certain skin diseases
  • n. flattery designed to gain favor
  • v. use flattering talk on somebody
  • v. persuade someone through flattery

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