soft spot

noun

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

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Manufacturing is another soft spot, with tariffs and the threat of new tariffs giving recruiters pause before hiring new people. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "The job market is still strong, but there are signs it's slowing down," 6 June 2019 Despite a buoyant economy, North America has been a soft spot for many of the holding companies. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Publicis Plans to Sell Part of Health-Care Unit Amid Madison Avenue Shake-Up," 18 Oct. 2018 Carolina’s defensive line is still one of the league’s best even after losing Star Lotulelei to free agency, and the secondary is still the soft spot outside of cornerback James Bradberry. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "Predicting Every NFL Team’s 2018 Season Record," 7 June 2018 After all, the Warriors were able to find a couple of clean looks at the basket against the box-and-one — both Quinn Cook and DeMarcus Cousins, either knowledgeably or haphazardly, found the soft spot of the zone on the wing. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The Raptors paid Steph Curry the ultimate respect and it told us so much about these NBA Finals," 3 June 2019 She's taken with literature, such as The Gruffalo, and has a particular soft spot for ballet. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte Loves Olives, Clearly Has a Sophisticated Palette," 5 Feb. 2019 Todd Chrisley is known for running his household with a sharp tongue on Chrisley Knows Best, but the patriarch of the Chrisley family has a special soft spot for daughter Savannah's boyfriend, Nic Kerdiles. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "Todd Chrisley Shares Emotional Post About Daughter Savannah's Boyfriend as He Leaves for Canada," 24 July 2018 Leon has a soft spot for noughties style, and has booked several modeling gigs that recall the era. Vogue, "Lourdes Leon Hits the Beach in Complete Noughties Fashion," 8 Jan. 2019 Enter Colombia’s congress, which has a soft spot for the pastime. John Otis, WSJ, "Colombia Wants to Boost Its National Sport. That Might Mean Less Beer.," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of soft spot

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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soft spot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of soft spot

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

soft spot

noun

Medical Definition of soft spot

: a fontanel of a fetal or young skull

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