soft target

noun

: a target that can be attacked easily because it does not have military defenses
hospitals, schools, and other soft targets
often used figuratively
elderly people who are a soft target for criminals

Examples of soft target in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sundown start of the Yom Kippur holiday on Sept. 24 became a soft target set as an unofficial deadline to reach a deal or, once again, retreat. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 27 Sep. 2023 Starved of cash, allies, and engineers, Big Tech will be a soft target for other, stiffer forms of regulation, like breakups. Cory Doctorow, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 How marine pre-historic reptiles lost their heads Scientists have for decades theorized that the reptile's fleshy neck was a soft target, according to a study published Monday in the journal Current Biology. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 20 June 2023 Pras, on the other hand, is a soft target who faces dire consequences due to his decision to exercise his right to a fair trial. Michael Ames, Rolling Stone, 12 Mar. 2023

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“Soft target.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soft%20target. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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