soft spot


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.

Nearby words

  1. soft shoulder,
  2. soft sign,
  3. soft skills,
  4. soft soap,
  5. soft solder,
  6. soft steel,
  7. soft tick,
  8. soft tissue,
  9. soft top,
  10. soft touch

Origin of soft spot

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45

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Examples from the Web for soft spot

  • For a brief moment, it looked like Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) was going to admit to a soft-spot for fashion.

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  • He'd always had a soft-spot, the one soft-spot in his makeup, for beautiful women.

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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)
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Medicine definitions for soft spot

soft spot

n.

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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