soft touch

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  1. a person who is easily convinced, especially to give or lend money: a soft touch for charities.

  2. a person who is easily influenced, duped, or imposed upon: a soft touch for anybody with a sob story.

  1. a person, team, etc., that is easily defeated: They're a soft touch for any team in the league.

  2. a task or activity that is easily or quickly done, especially a job that pays well and requires little work.

Origin of soft touch

First recorded in 1935–40

Words Nearby soft touch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use soft touch in a sentence

  • She learned to imitate Charley, in curbing his impetuosity; and he chafed less at her soft touch upon the rein.

    Alone | Marion Harland
  • I can feel the soft touch of her hands that smoothed my head when I was a boy.

    The Transformation of Job | Frederick Vining Fisher
  • At that moment he felt a soft touch upon his hand, and he saw Fanny looking at him through the tears that still flowed.

    Night and Morning, Complete | Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Her cool, soft touch soothed his irritated nerves and brought refreshing peace to his restless mind.

    Baron Bruno | Louisa Morgan
  • But their intent listening made sure of more than one soft touch, straying in search of the mechanism.

    "Persons Unknown" | Virginia Tracy

British Dictionary definitions for soft touch

soft touch

  1. informal a person easily persuaded or imposed on, esp to lend money

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

Other Idioms and Phrases with soft touch

soft touch

Someone easily persuaded or taken advantage of, especially in giving away money. For example, Ask Dan for the money; he's always a soft touch. [First half of 1900s]

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