soft spot


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

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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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Soft spot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition

soft spot

: a fontanel of a fetal or young skull
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