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noun

a weak or vulnerable position, place, condition, etc.: a soft spot in their fortifications; a soft spot in the economy.
emotional susceptibility: a soft spot for dogs and babies.

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Origin of soft spot

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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British Dictionary definitions for soft spot

soft spot

noun

a sentimental fondness (esp in the phrase have a soft spot for)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for soft spot

soft spot

n.

fontanel
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

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.”

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
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