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soft spot

noun
1.
a weak or vulnerable position, place, condition, etc.:
a soft spot in their fortifications; a soft spot in the economy.
2.
emotional susceptibility:
a soft spot for dogs and babies.
Origin of soft spot
1835-1845
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45
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  • He's dropped into a soft spot—he rates best in the percentage card.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • You might as well look out for a soft spot to fall in a steeplechase.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • It is certainly a soft spot to fall on and a sweet spot to look at.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • I'm going to hunt for a soft spot right now inside this tent.

  • It's Mike O'Shane that has a soft spot in his heart, but he can't do no more for ye.

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British Dictionary definitions for soft spot

soft spot

noun
1.
a sentimental fondness (esp in the phrase have a soft spot for)
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soft spot in Medicine

soft spot n.
See fontanel.

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Idioms and Phrases with soft spot

soft spot

1.
A weak or vulnerable point, as in That's the soft spot in his argument. [ Mid-1900s ]
2.
have a soft spot for. Have a tender or sentimental feeling for, as in Grandpa had a soft spot for Brian, his first grandson. This expression, first recorded in 1753 as “a soft place in one's heart,” uses soft in the sense of “tender.”
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