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chink in (one's)/the armor

A minor but very detrimental flaw or weakness. Yeah, he's brilliant, but his violent temper has destroyed many business relationships—it's a real chink in his armor. The criminal's tendency to use his own cell phone to conduct business was the chink in the armor the police needed to put him in jail.
See also: armor, chink

fight in armour

obsolete Of a man, to wear a condom while engaging in sexual intercourse. Primarily heard in UK. With such a high risk of sexually transmitted infections among strangers, you'd be extremely foolish not to fight in armour.
See also: armour, fight

hog in armor

old-fashioned An awkward, clumsy, base, or mean person dressed in fine clothes or inhabiting a role of authority. It doesn't help our organization's appearance to have a hog in armor parading himself as our leader.
See also: armor, hog

knight in shining armor

A selfless, chivalrous man who helps a woman in distress. When the police officer pulled over to help the old woman change her flat tire, she hugged him and said he was her knight in shining armor.
See also: armor, knight, shine
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

knight in shining armor

A rescuer or defender, as in What this political party needs is a knight in shining armor to change its tarnished image . This metaphoric expression alludes to a medieval knight. [Mid-1900s]
See also: armor, knight, shine
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a chink in someone's armour

If someone or something has a chink in their armour, they have a weakness that people can take advantage of, although they seem very strong and successful. Note: `Armour' is spelled `armor' in American English. With their superior knowledge, they might find the chinks in his armour. Labour leaders hope to use their annual conference to attack what they currently see as the most vulnerable chink in the government's armour. Note: A chink is a small hole or opening.
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a knight in shining armour

If you describe a man as a knight in shining armour, you mean that he has rescued you from a difficult situation, often in a kind and brave way. Note: `Armour' is spelled `armor' in American English. I just felt dizzy and then I collapsed. The next thing I woke up in hospital. I am very, very grateful to Tom and I always will be — he really was my knight in shining armour. She found a surprising knight in shining armor in her company's attorney, who rode in to save her job, rescue her love life and give her a place to live. Note: In stories written or set in the Middle Ages, a knight in shining armour traditionally came to the rescue of a `damsel (= young woman) in distress'.
See also: armour, knight, shine
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a chink in someone's armour

a weak point in someone's character, arguments, or ideas which makes them vulnerable to attack or criticism.
See also: armour, chink

hog in armour

a person who is ill at ease.
See also: armour, hog

a knight in shining armour

an idealized or heroic person, especially a man who comes to the rescue of a woman in distress or in a difficult situation.
This expression, a variant of which is a knight on a white charger , is often used ironically of someone who presents himself in this guise but is in fact inadequate to the role. Compare with a white knight (at white).
See also: armour, knight, shine
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

a chink in somebody’s ˈarmour

(British English) (American English a chink in somebody’s ˈarmor) a weakness in somebody’s argument, character, etc., that can be used in an attack: The one chink in her armour is the lack of a sense of humour. She hates people laughing at her.
A chink is a small hole.
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a knight in shining ˈarmour

(British English) (American English a knight in shining ˈarmor) (usually humorous) a man who arrives to help you when you are in trouble or danger: My car broke down at the roundabout. Luckily, a knight in shining armour stopped to help me.
See also: armour, knight, shine
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

knight in shining armor

A wonderful guy. Fairy tales chronicled fair maidens in distress who were rescued at the last minute from dragons and ogres by a gallant knight in gleaming armor, where-upon they all lived happily ever after. Even if a young woman didn't view herself as a princess or consider herself in desperate straits, she still imagined herself being carried off by the man of her dreams, Prince Charming, a knight in shining armor.
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The paintings and the armours also provide a tightly focused tour of the political thinking of the Hapsburgs.
The sickly young prince was sent two fine armours when he was just seven years old, but it was not until he was 12 that he had his first portrait painted; interestingly, he is shown wearing one of the original armours, which he could no longer have fitted into.
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The armoured vehicle display, said to be the first of its kind in the Middle East, will highlight BAE Systems' armour integration and survivability capabilities.
It is worth noting, however, that the man and horse armours were made by different makers at different times and that the majority of the value lay in the gilt horse armour, superb although the man's is.
The rich and the powerful have long coveted and collected fine armour. In the early 16th century, Henry VIII, Francois I and the Emperor Maximilian vied among themselves to build the first truly great armouries.
The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, has added a significant acquisition to its permanent collection--a beautifully decorated partial suit of renaissance armour. Comprising a close helmet, breastplate and tassets (thigh protectors), backplate, gorget (collar) and shoulder plates, the suit is associated with a number of finely-etched north German armours made in the early 1560s for the dukes of Brunswick, their court and their men-at-arms.
The armour is part of a distinctive group known and documented as the Brunswick armours, which are identifiable in 1667 and 1732 inventories of the Ducal Armoury at Wolfenbuttel.
The star defender is the only one who wears Under Armour soccer cleats.
"I like that [Under Armour is] smaller;  at this point they're technically still an underdog ...  I've always gravitated toward the underdog," O'Hara, 27, told International Business Times about the sports brand that jumped into the soccer world only seven years ago. 
In Act 2 of Shakespeare's Pericles, a fisherman draws a suit of armour from the sea just in time for Pericles to participate in a tournament at King Simonides's court.