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

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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 Blum has a soft spot for stories about scientists who challenged the status quo—people who were also complicated, obsessive, and difficult personalities. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We have food safety laws thanks to 19th century “poison squad”," 26 Nov. 2018 My dad did have a soft spot in his heart: There were some donation forms with dollar amounts carefully written in pencil by him for the A.S.P.C.A. New York Times, "Must I Honor My Dad’s Gifts to Political Groups?," 26 June 2018 Bolstad speculated that Milo may have had molera, a condition common among Chihuahuas that leaves dogs with a soft spot on their skull. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Woman says Sacramento dentist beat her Chihuahua to death. He says she's wrong," 11 June 2018 For years John and Veronica Avila have shared a soft spot for Houston's old Sixth Ward. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Henderson & Kane General Store opens in Old Sixth Ward," 20 June 2018 But only one of them assumed the role of good luck charm — a bearded fast-food mascot who seems to have found a soft spot with the legendary horse trainer. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Let's give credit to Bob Baffert's real good luck charm — Burger King," 9 June 2018 Car enthusiasts have always had a soft spot for an engine that, aside from burning gasoline internally, hardly resembles a conventional piston engine. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Why Car Lovers Are So Mad for Mazda’s Rotary Engine Revival," 21 May 2018 The architect has a soft spot for Midcentury Modern designs, so the living room has lamps from postwar masters such as Italy’s Achille Castiglioni and France’s Jean Prouvé. J. S. Marcus, WSJ, "Where Luxury Meets a Prefab Home," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of soft spot

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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