soft spot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n soft spot a place of especial vulnerability
    • n soft spot any membranous gap between the bones of the cranium in an infant or fetus
    • n soft spot a sentimental affection "she had a soft spot for her youngest son"
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Usage

In literature:

Nice, soft spot he fell into.
"The Corner House Girls at School" by Grace Brooks Hill
The under sides of the lower wings were of soft white, the marginal spots being half black and half yellow.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
It's Mike O'Shane that has a soft spot in his heart, but he can't do no more for ye.
"Hope and Have" by Oliver Optic
Here is a spot green and soft, a sweet cradle for men.
"Viking Tales" by Jennie Hall
Here all was soft and white, no spot of colour anywhere.
"Margaret Montfort" by Laura E. Richards
The soft spot should close between the eighteenth and twenty-fourth months.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
They adjourned to a sheltered spot back of the stump willows and chose a bare space of soft, green turf.
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson
Pretends indifference but awfully soft in spots.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
She felt his lips quest along her cheek and discover the soft little spot just behind her ear.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
But when you find a man under his wife's thumb you can always be sure there's a soft spot in him somewhere.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
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In poetry:

As thus I lingered to be gone,
Answering my very thought,
I heard a soft still voice; it seemed
The spirit of the spot.
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose
Her cheek was very thin and pale;
You would have turned in fear,
If 't were not for the hectic spot
That glowed so soft and clear.
"The Vesper Chime" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Scarce stirr'd the pebbles. All was one great trust:
The quick hours softly flew,
Flinging from golden spotted wings light dust
That fell as soft as dew
"In Tempe" by Alexander Anderson
Softly sail we with the tide;
Silently our bark doth glide;
Above our heads no clouds appear:
Only in the West afar
A dark spot, like a baneful star,
Doth herald tempests dark and drear.
"An April Squall" by E W Bowling
Lie still, old Dane! This restful scene
Suits well thy centuries of sleep:
The soft brown roots above thee creep,
The lotus flaunts his ruddy sheen,
And,--vain memento of the spot,--
The turquoise-eyed forget-me-not.
"A Danish Barrow" by Francis Turner Palgrave
There are some bosoms dark and drear,
Which an unwater'd desert are;
Yet there a curious eye may trace
Some smiling spot, some verdant place,
Where little flowers, the weeds between,
Spend their soft fragrance all unseen.
"Blessings of Instruction" by John Bowring

In news:

Rick Perry's Overhyped Immigration " Soft Spot ".
Vai's View: Even 'Mr BYU' has soft spot for Utes.
A Soft Spot for His Dogs.
Neil LaBute's Soft Spot : Love in the Afternoon.
When selecting your squash , look and feel for soft spots, which may mean the squash has been improperly stored.
I have a soft spot when it comes to Geek & Sundry programing on YouTube.
PopWrap has a soft spot for the hard-bodied boys of McFly even if America doesn't.
AS a former member of President Obama's economic team, I have a soft spot for the fiscal stimulus legislation he signed just a month after his inauguration.
Having been raised in Oklahoma, Diane Adorino Hirschberg has always had a soft spot for the Sooner State.
But festival director Bart Weiss has always had a soft spot for the event's original location, the Dallas Museum of Art.
A film festival in Georgia is honoring Stan Lee for helping bring superheroes to the big screen, but the Spider-Man co-creator showed he's still got a soft spot for comic books.
The kids in my family adore Ariel, Simba and Buzz Lightyear, while I have a soft spot for Scrooge McDuck.
As a former heroin addict, Russell Brand has a soft spot for Amy Winehouse.
A soft spot for the quirky Newtown Hardware House By W CHARLES SIPIO PhillyBurbs.com.
I have a soft spot for pirates.
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In science:

Furthermore the priors issue, considered as a “soft spot” of the Bayesian approach, has been recently thoroughly addressed and has been shown to embody in a quantitative manner the physical fine-tuning of the theory, see .
Are BR(b->s gamma) and (g-2)_muon consistent within the Constrained MSSM?
The “soft spots” of an algebra M are gauged by deformations by completely positive maps, a prototype of which being mal leable deformations, that for instance Bernoulli and Gaussian actions have.
Some $OE$ and $W^*$-rigidity results for actions by wreath product groups
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