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Achilles heel

or Achilles' heel

noun
  1. a portion, spot, area, or the like, that is especially or solely vulnerable: His Achilles heel is his quick temper.
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Origin of Achilles heel

First recorded in 1800–10
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Related Words for achilles heel

defect, failing, flaw, foible, frailty, handicap, susceptibility, weakness, vulnerability

British Dictionary definitions for achilles heel

Achilles heel

noun
  1. a small but fatal weakness
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