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Achilles heel

n
a small but fatal weakness
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Achil′les

(or Achil′les') heel′,


n.
a vulnerable point.
[1800–10]
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Achilles heel

noun weakness, failing, lack, fault, defect, deficiency, flaw, shortcoming, blemish, imperfection, chink in your armour His Achilles heel was that he could not delegate.
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Translations
akilleshælakillessene
talón de Aquiles
talon d’Achille
Ahilova peta
pięta Achillesa
calcanhar de Aquiles

Achilles heel

ntallone m di Achille
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