a soft touch

a soft touch

1. A kind and tender way of acting. I don't have the patience to be a kindergarten teacher, but you'll be great at it because you have a really soft touch.
2. Someone who is easy to control or bend to one's wishes. Julia is a soft touch—we can get her to help us with this prank.
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soft touch

One who is easy to control or manipulate; one who bends to the desires or demands of others. My poor dad was always such a soft touch, always jumping through hoops to do anything his boss told him to. Julia is a soft touch—I bet we can get her to shoplift for us.
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soft touch

 
1. a gentle way of handling someone or something. Bess has a soft touch and can bring both sides together. Kelly lacks the kind of soft touch needed for this kind of negotiation.
2. a gullible person; a likely victim of a scheme. John is a soft touch. You can always ask him for a few bucks. Here comes the perfect soft toucha nerd with a gleam in his eye.
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soft touch

Someone easily persuaded or taken advantage of, especially in giving away money. For example, Ask Dan for the money; he's always a soft touch. [First half of 1900s]
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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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soft touch

1. n. a gentle way of handling someone or something. Kelly lacks the kind of soft touch needed for this kind of negotiation.
2. n. a gullible person; a likely victim of a scheme. John is a soft touch for a few bucks.
See also: soft, touch

soft touch, a

A person who is easily imposed upon, especially to give or lend money. A twentieth-century expression that gained currency during the Great Depression, it appeared in John O’Hara’s Pal Joey (1940): “You get the reputation of being a soft touch.”
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