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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Initially unaware of the park's popularity with a generation of travelers, Morris quickly learned how many people had a soft spot in their hearts for the Flintstones' hometown. Scott Craven, azcentral, "A summer-long goodbye: Bedrock City welcomes final visitors before taking off as Raptor Ranch," 14 June 2019 Advertising Cirelli scored the winning goal after finding a soft spot in the slot and getting off a one-timer from a pass by Mathieu Joseph. Erik Erlendsson, The Seattle Times, "Lightning rally past Bruins for 59th win; record in sight," 25 Mar. 2019 Banos had a soft spot for psychedelic drugs, and a gift for composing exquisite melodies. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Extreme Highs and Lows of Cuco’s Début Album, “Para Mí”," 26 July 2019 Beautiful’ Relationship with Ex Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa Momoa has a soft spot for children and children’s movies. Alexia Fernandez,, "Jason Momoa Surprised Kids with His First Make-A-Wish Appearance: 'I Will Do This for Life'," 25 July 2019 Margaret Amato was known for two things: loving her family and having a soft spot in her heart for horses that were being neglected. Michael Williams,, "Obsession, money, lies tore Grant Amato’s family apart. A jury will decide whether he killed them," 12 July 2019 The only soft spot on the early schedule should be the Jets game, and that’s on the road. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Browns: Talkin’ Freddie Kitchens, Todd Monken and building the offense — Terry Pluto," 23 June 2019 But the bullpen remains a soft spot on an otherwise elite club. Jorge Castillo,, "Dodgers’ bullpen falters again in 11-inning loss to the Diamondbacks," 5 June 2019 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

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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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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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