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 Kurz has a soft spot for Zeid because of his early commitment to Team Israel, now ranked No. 18 in the world and with a 50 percent chance winning an Olympic medal. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 18 May 2021 Perhaps because of his humble beginnings, Soref seemed to have a soft spot for workers in his production line. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2021 McDonald had a soft spot for people who struggled to fit in, friends said. Pam Louwagie, Star Tribune, 3 May 2021 Dreilinger has a soft spot, too, for farm girls like Louisan Mamer, who made her way to the University of Illinois after a girlhood of unrelenting labor on a farm with no electricity. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 But Bash has a soft spot for those in the second group. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, 16 Apr. 2021 For fashion enthusiasts with a soft spot for the ‘90s, Staud’s Billie sandal brings together some of the decade's best shoe trends, like its wedge heel and square-toe silhouette that has been gaining popularity over the last few seasons. Nicola Fumo, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 The case in Perth illustrates a persistent soft spot — a number of outbreaks have been linked to hotel quarantine, including one in Melbourne late last year that led to a 111-day lockdown. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2021 Kolacky and peanut cakes from Franke's Bakery Small-town bakeries have a soft spot in my heart. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of soft spot

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of soft spot was in 1770

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21 May 2021

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“Soft spot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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