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I was reading the newspaper today, there I found this: enter image description here

What is the use of the word 'soap' in this context? I am not a native speaker, and as far as I know, 'soap' only means the substance prepared from fat/oil that we use to wash our hands.

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    Soap operas. – Decapitated Soul Apr 4 '20 at 5:37
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    Soap opera is recorded from 1939, as a disparaging reference to daytime radio dramas sponsored by soap manufacturers. (Etymonline) – user 66974 Apr 4 '20 at 6:57
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Soap here means soap opera.

Soap opera: a series of television or radio programmes about the lives and problems of a particular group of characters. The series continues over a long period and is broadcast (several times) every week. - Cambridge English dictionary

Examples:

  1. It is her proud boast that she has never missed a single episode of the soap opera.
  2. The new soap opera will be screened, wait for it, five times each day.

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