- a person who is easily convinced, especially to give or lend money: a soft touch for charities.
- a person who is easily influenced, duped, or imposed upon: a soft touch for anybody with a sob story.
- a person, team, etc., that is easily defeated: They're a soft touch for any team in the league.
- 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
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- 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
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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