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.

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.

    Fashion Fights Design Piracy|Robin Givhan|July 15, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • 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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