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 There is an open Beckham, who curls into a soft spot between the Colts' high safety and an underneath corner. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "What went wrong on Baker Mayfield’s interceptions versus the Colts? -- Film review," 15 Oct. 2020 But the challenger also has a soft spot for animals and enjoys cooking. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'We've lost control!': 'Masked Singer' contestant removes mask before even being eliminated," 1 Oct. 2020 Facing a third and 2 deep in Green Bay territory late in the first half, Sanders found the soft spot in the Packers’ zone coverage, and quarterback Drew Brees threw in rhythm to beat the underneath coverage for a 10-yard scoring strike. Luke Johnson,, "Drew Brees to Emmanuel Sanders after TD vs the Packers: 'That right there is the icebreaker'," 1 Oct. 2020 There wasn’t much of a soft spot, but Herbert saw enough over the middle to feather a 25-yard pass between safety Tyrann Mathieu and cornerback L’Jarius Sneed. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens film study: The two questions that could decide Monday’s showdown vs. the Chiefs," 23 Sep. 2020 Friends said Fouts was multi-talented, with skills in woodworking and mechanics and had a soft spot for dogs, adopting four greyhounds. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "Wife, friend may have poisoned husband with mushrooms, Hamilton County Sheriff says," 22 Sep. 2020 Fans also get to check out Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, House Atreides’ greatest warrior; Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, a warmaster and musician who like Duncan has a soft spot for Paul; and Javier Bardem as Stilgar, a Fremen tribe leader. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Watch the first trailer for Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi epic 'Dune,' a 'powerful human story' of destiny," 10 Sep. 2020 Gardner’s original plan was to scan the zines and share electronic copies with friends who still had a soft spot for the Angry Samoans. Karla Peterson Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: After 40 years, San Diego’s Noise for Heroes fanzine is now rocking your bookshelf," 3 Sep. 2020 The Office actress Angela Kinsey has a soft spot for teachers. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "Angela Kinsey Still Loves Her Favorite High School English Teacher," 11 Aug. 2020

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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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23 Oct 2020

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“Soft spot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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