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 Kolacky and peanut cakes from Franke's Bakery Small-town bakeries have a soft spot in my heart. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 19 Mar. 2021 Even now that her two daughters have left home, Kosann still has a soft spot for the iconic book. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "For the Month of March, This Stylish “I Think I Can” Necklace Benefits Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library," 17 Mar. 2021 But to me, an American in Madrid with a soft spot for mashed potatoes, no dish satisfies on a cold, blustery day like patatas revolconas. Benjamin Kemper, Bon Appétit, "Patatas Revolconas Are Garlicky, Porky Mashed Potatoes," 11 Mar. 2021 Draco Malfoy might have been a bully onscreen, but Felton always has a soft spot for his Harry Potter costars. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Tom Felton unites Gryffindors and Slytherins in throwback photo featuring Emma Watson and Alfred Enoch," 5 Mar. 2021 Especially the irrepressible Saunders, who was the most athletic player on a court of athletes Sunday. Brannen has a soft spot for Chris Vogt, but the 7-foot senior can’t play at the pace Brannen wants. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: We're turning a corner as Bearcats, Musketeers deliver shots of hope," 2 Mar. 2021 Golden Globe voters have a soft spot for veteran big stars, which suggests that Pacino has an advantage here. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "Who Should (and Will) Win at the 2021 Golden Globe Awards?," 26 Feb. 2021 Rhett is a rakish adventurer from South Carolina with few scruples but a soft spot for Scarlett. Mary Colurso |, al, "14 Southern couples in pop culture that we simply can’t forget," 14 Feb. 2021 The guy’s got a soft spot for Jack Russell terriers. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Favorite Dogs of the British Royal Family, From Cocker Spaniels to Corgis," 26 Jan. 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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22 Mar 2021

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“Soft spot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 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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