from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sentimental fondness or affection.
  • n. A point of vulnerability in a defence
  • n. A fontanelle

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus
  • n. a sentimental affection
  • n. a place of especial vulnerability


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  • “I figured you would have a soft spot for the waitstaff here.”


  • I'd always have a soft spot for RKI, however: the cash bonus they'd given me last July, prompted by my saving them from a disastrous situation, had put McCone Investigations in business.

    Till the Butchers Cut Him Down

  • According to Ludmila the bookkeeper, he has a soft spot for the waitresses at our café.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • The blade pressed hard, moving seductively against the column of her neck, lingering at the soft spot between her collarbones.


  • "'Penrod' is a book that hits the soft spot in the heart of every man who can remember that he was a boy once himself, and among boyhood classics is deserving of a high Place."


  • And maybe she was just one of those stupid women who were hung up on tough-looking guys, men with an edge, who, if you observed a little more closely, had a twinkle in their eyes and a soft spot in their hearts.


  • He meant it; he kept a soft spot for Mr. Pyke, who had raised his hand in farewell the moment the plane took off, and who had, perhaps, at heart, been rather touched.

    Maigret's Revolver

  • Firada had a soft spot for her nephew, and as the evening passed into night, the consultation changed into a family discussion.

    Renegade's Magic

  • For some reason Alexander had a soft spot for Harpalus and not only allowed this scoundrel to return to his camp but once again set him in charge of his treasury, now a much more lucrative position since his victory over Darius and conquest of Egypt.

    Alexander the Great

  • Luckily, Jonellen has a great sense of humor and a soft spot in her heart for fools.

    I Used to Have a Handle on Life But It Broke


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