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a soft spot

A particular fondness or affection for someone or something, often for reasons that hard to understand or articulate. I've always had a soft spot for cheesy action films—there's just an earnest goofiness about them that I like. Despite how troublesome he could be, the teacher had a soft spot for Daniel.
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soft spot

1. A weak or vulnerable point, as in That's the soft spot in his argument. [Mid-1900s]
2. have a soft spot for. Have a tender or sentimental feeling for, as in Grandpa had a soft spot for Brian, his first grandson. This expression, first recorded in 1753 as "a soft place in one's heart," uses soft in the sense of "tender."
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So--actually reinforced somewhat by the movie--instead of hero worship, the lesson we should take away from the mishap of USAir 1549 is simply not to panic, but to use your best judgment to manage the aircraft while aiming it toward the soft spot.
Last night, Newcastle Council leader John Shipley said: "I have a soft spot for the car park, which has become an icon.
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.
That soft spot becomes permanent until the armor can be repaired.
Instead, Winfrey takes an I-am-every-woman attitude, intertwines it with some practical advice, and leaves a soft spot in the heart of millions that has added up to a lot of dollars and cents.
I am hopeful that the recent soft spot will similarly prove to be short-lived, although it suggests some downside risks for economic growth.
But his recent offering shows how he has once again managed a return to his source and a reinvention of his project, emerging as a conceptualist with a soft spot for the hands-on and as an appropriationist playing an ongoing, multifaceted game of exquisite corpse in which the authors of the books, the authors of the cards, and the authors of their anonymous annotations and alterations could never have known they'd participate.
If you've got a soft spot for pirates, want to know the inside story of their lives, or are curious about derring-do on the high seas, I don't know of another book that will give you more pleasure.
I loved the Recaro-designed seats in my Sport model, but that didn't mean I didn't have a soft spot for even the most unadorned model.
But I have to say that I have a soft spot for Will and voted for him.
As a former motorcycle racer, I appreciate the sensation of speed associated with jets, but I have always had a soft spot for helos.
Like Frank Capra and John Steinbeck Alfred Hitchcock always had a soft spot for tales extolling the virtues of democracy and the "ordinary Joe," especially when pitted against tyranny's more cunning agents.
of fontaine spring, filter) is "a soft spot, such as one of the membrane-covered spaces (fonticuli cranii [NA]) remaining in the incompletely ossified skull of a fetus or infant.
That's when he's not promoting the George Formby Society, for which he has a soft spot.
Many stars have a soft spot for animals whose populations are slipping.