soft touch


Definition of soft touch

: a person who is easily imposed on or taken advantage of

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Synonyms for soft touch


chump, dupe, gull, mug [chiefly British], patsy, pigeon, pushover, sap, sucker, tool

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Examples of soft touch in a Sentence

His friends all know that he's a soft touch. the kindly old woman was a soft touch for any con man with a hard-luck story

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This was not an easy Marni collection, and it wasn’t delivered with a soft touch. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top Shows of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2019," 25 Feb. 2019 The interiors of both look great, with soft touch materials on nearly every surface, ambient lighting and attractive concave trim panels with unusual trim that looked like three-dimensional pieces of metal. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Volvo XC40 SUV has wireless phone charging, carryout bag hook," 23 May 2018 In the meantime, investors will have to be satisfied with a softer touch. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Why Old-School Chinese Stimulus Won’t Help," 21 Jan. 2019 So, the soft touch back doesn't really work out in practice. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware," 15 Oct. 2018 The comforter could probably make clouds jealous with its soft touch. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "I Used to Wake Up Sweating In the Middle of The Night — This Blanket Changed That," 27 Aug. 2018 By the age of 15, at just a shade under six feet and with a soft touch from outside, Xin Li was playing forward professionally for Jilin. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "Xin Li of Christie's: The Most Valuable Speed-Dial in the Art World," 15 May 2014 Krutwig’s footwork, soft touch and deft passing ability have turned him into a fulcrum of Loyola-Chicago's offense. Michael Beller,, "Final Four Breakdown: Which Factors Will Decide Michigan vs. Loyola-Chicago?," 26 Mar. 2018 That softer touch, naturally, earns him detractors who accuse him of access journalism and only pitching softballs at the president. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The systemic problem with pro-Trump media, in one quote," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of soft touch

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of soft touch was in 1925

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English Language Learners Definition of soft touch

US, informal : a person who is easily deceived or taken advantage of

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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