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

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 The owners' fondness for craftsmanship, with a soft spot for Italian design, marks the interiors' aesthetic. Anja Mutic, Travel + Leisure, 15 Dec. 2021 This is due in part to some of the basic affinities of cinema as a medium, with its soft spot for fast-talking charmers and pathological con men. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2021 Gyllenhaal has often talked about his soft spot for dogs. Vanessa Etienne,, 29 Sep. 2021 As with many gardeners, Linder has a soft spot for hydrangeas. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Though Goldstein — who recently won outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series at the Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Roy — has proven his ability to play the easily-irritable character, the actor has always had a soft spot for the Muppets. Christina Dugan Ramirez,, 14 Apr. 2022 Juan José Cuevas, the executive chef at 1919, a restaurant at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, also has a soft spot for mofongo. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Apr. 2022 The surgeons left Johnny’s skull open so that the tumor wouldn’t be driven inward; the flap of scalp that covered the soft spot was the size of a man’s hand. Deborah Cohen, The Atlantic, 8 Mar. 2022 But even as the tech stars outshone them, Wall Street retains a soft spot for value strategies, which lately seem to be perking up. Larry Light, Fortune, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of soft spot

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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21 May 2022

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“Soft spot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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Medical Definition of soft spot

: a fontanel of a fetal or young skull


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