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soft spot

n.
1. A tender or sentimental feeling: has a soft spot for stray animals.
2. A weak or vulnerable point: a soft spot in the nation's defense strategy.
3. See fontanel.
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soft spot

n
a sentimental fondness (esp in the phrase have a soft spot for)
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soft′ spot`


n.
1. a weak or vulnerable position, place, condition, etc.
2. emotional susceptibility: a soft spot for kittens.
[1835–45, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.soft spot - a place of especial vulnerability
weakness - the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain; "his weakness increased as he became older"; "the weakness of the span was overlooked until it collapsed"
Achilles' heel - a seemingly small but actual mortal weakness
jugular - a vital part that is vulnerable to attack; "he always goes for the jugular"
underbelly - the quality of being weak or unprotected; "the soft underbelly of the Axis"- Winston Churchill
2.soft spot - a sentimental affection; "she had a soft spot for her youngest son"
affection, affectionateness, philia, warmness, warmheartedness, fondness, tenderness, heart - a positive feeling of liking; "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart"; "the warmness of his welcome made us feel right at home"
3.soft spot - any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetussoft spot - any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus
child's body - the body of a human child
orifice, porta, opening - an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity; "the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart"
braincase, brainpan, cranium - the part of the skull that encloses the brain
anterior fontanelle - corresponds to the bregma when bones have ossified
sphenoid fontanel, sphenoid fontanelle, sphenoidal fontanel, sphenoidal fontanelle - the irregularly shaped area on either side of the cranium where the frontal bone and the anterior tip of the parietal bone and the temporal bone and the greater wing of the sphenoid bone meet; corresponds to the pterion when bones have ossified
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References in classic literature ?
"Does it ever seem to you, Terence, that the world is composed entirely of vast blocks of matter, and that we're nothing but patches of light--" she looked at the soft spots of sun wavering over the carpet and up the wall--"like that?"
"No, but the soft spot's there," was the grim reply.
His appetite for facts was capacious, and although many of those which he noted would have seemed woefully dry and colorless to the ordinary sentimental traveler, a careful inspection of the list would have shown that he had a soft spot in his imagination.
It is certainly a soft spot to fall on and a sweet spot to look at.
Happiness resembles a river covered with ice: there are soft spots, holes, cracks.
The results may explain why so many men find the female body a mystery as other soft spots include the forearm, lower back and behind the knee, according to the survey.
The sand mixture must be entirely uniform, lacking both soft spots and hard spots, for the CAD data to translate to a properly formed mold or core.
Ellen Meyer, it appears that their study only found general plaster degradation caused by cyanurate, and did not result in visible soft spots or "spot etching."
It may seem convenient to pack items on top of the helmet, but that can cause soft spots and damage the mike boom and sensors on the helmet.