a soft touch

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a soft touch

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an easy touch

COMMON If someone is a soft touch or an easy touch, it is easy to make them do what you want or give you what you want. He did not get where he is today by being either a soft touch or a poor judge of his businesses. Pamela was an easy touch when she needed some cash. Note: To touch a person for money means to approach them and persuade them to let you have some money as a loan or a gift.
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a soft (or easy) touch

someone who is easily manipulated; a person or task easily handled. informal
A touch was mid 19th-century criminal slang for the act of getting money from a person, either by pickpocketing or by persuasion. Touch was later extended to refer to the person targeted in this way, and a soft touch was specifically a person from whom money could easily be obtained.
1998 Times Henman can be something of a soft touch. For every leading player who touts his potential, two from the basement would relish his name in the draw.
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a soft/an easy ˈtouch

(informal) a kind and perhaps easily deceived person whom people ask for money, help, etc: Ask Tony to lend you some money. He’s a soft touch. OPPOSITE: a tough customer/cookie Touch was a slang term used by criminals to refer to the act of stealing something from someone, particularly from a pocket. A soft or easy touch was someone that it was easy to steal from.
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That was a period when we looked an easy touch, like we were waiting for the next man to come in.
Ireland has been seen as an easy touch for criminals involved in prostitution because the authorities did not take it seriously.
I AGREE with Sandra Camwell (letters May 28) that criminals travel to the UK because they think we are an easy touch.
THE acceptance of refugee children will, in the end, have parents who will turn up thinking this country is an easy touch.
I'm such an easy touch and don't have "no" in my vocabulary.
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Veteran hitman Martin Cingel has warned Edinburgh Capitals won't be an easy touch when the new campaign gets under way against Fife Flyers tonight.
He's a good fighter and nobody gets an easy touch for a world title final eliminator.
He's a good fighter and nobody gets an easy touch for a world title final eliminator, but if he's not at his best, I'll blow him away.
But, those banking on Shaker being an easy touch might need to think again -- the star has promised that his judgement won't be swayed by anything other than the contestants voices
I guess it's because he's woolly-haired and grey (the offender) thought he was an easy touch," she said.
I'm afraid the courts know that the only way to stop this sort of behaviour is to pass sentences which make it clear, absolutely clear, to those who may think it is an easy touch - that one - it is not an easy touch - and two - the sentences will be long," the judge told Law.
the software will report and record individual axle weights with an excellent screen view, as well as gross vehicle weights with an easy touch to change from rig to rig, and automatically generate reports in an Excel format.
I'm sure they singled me out because they thought I'd be an easy touch, but they were wrong.
Kevin Manning rides her in all her work and said we could take her to Leopardstown, but we thought we could come here for an easy touch and found everyone fancied the second