soft spot


Definition of soft spot

1 : a sentimental weakness : a strong liking for someone or something They both have a soft spot for puppies. [=like puppies very much]
2 : a vulnerable point a soft spot in the defense system

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Examples of soft spot in a Sentence

They found a soft spot in the enemy's defenses. a huge trade imbalance continued to be the soft spot in the nation's economy
Recent Examples on the Web But that’s where the math gets tricky, in large part because the remaining schedule has few soft spots. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 bowl projections: Connecting non-conference record to bowl eligibility (we plunged into the data)," 12 Sep. 2019 As transcripts, recordings and newspaper clippings show, Bolles seemed to develop a soft spot for the man known as Skippy., "Don Bolles files: The case of Skippy Brazil, the drug informant who was set on fire," 28 Aug. 2019 Of course there’s a soft spot for the Jonas Brothers. Jason Gay, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jonas Brothers: From Pop Stars to Rock Stars," 6 June 2019 An economic soft spot has emerged in American manufacturing. Damian Paletta, Washington Post, "The month a shadow fell on Trump’s economy," 22 Aug. 2019 The cells will likely be injected through the soft spot on the newborn’s skull, Snyder said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Neural stem cells to be readied for newborn therapy under $5M grant to San Diego researcher," 20 Aug. 2019 Coming from Burnley, Anderson has a soft spot for Sean Dyche's side., "The Ashes: The Cricketers Who Are Also Huge Football Fans," 14 Aug. 2019 But the soft spots into which the global economy keeps stumbling suggest that this desire may be inconsistent with steady, robust growth. The Economist, "The global economy is on a knife-edge," 27 June 2019 Initially unaware of the park's popularity with a generation of travelers, Morris quickly learned how many people had a soft spot in their hearts for the Flintstones' hometown. Scott Craven, azcentral, "A summer-long goodbye: Bedrock City welcomes final visitors before taking off as Raptor Ranch," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of soft spot

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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5 Nov 2019

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The first known use of soft spot was in 1770

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English Language Learners Definition of soft spot

: a strong liking for someone or something
: a weak point that can be attacked

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Medical Definition of soft spot

: a fontanel of a fetal or young skull

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