chink in (one's) armor

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chink in (one's) armor

A minor but very detrimental flaw or weakness. Yeah, he's brilliant, but his violent temper has destroyed many business relationships—it's really the chink in his armor.
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chink in one's armor

Fig. a special weakness that provides a means for attacking or impressing someone otherwise invulnerable. (Alludes to an opening in a suit of armor that allows a weapon to penetrate.) Jane's insecurity is the chink in her armor. The boss seems mean, but the chink in his armor is that he is easily flattered.
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chink in one's armor

A vulnerable area, as in Putting things off to the last minute is the chink in Pat's armor and is bound to get her in trouble one day . This term relies on chink in the sense of "a crack or gap," a meaning dating from about 1400 and used figuratively since the mid-1600s.
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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 chink in someone's armour

a weak point in someone's character, arguments, or ideas which makes them vulnerable to attack or criticism.
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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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Conclusion Hard to find any chink in his armour and he won't get many better opportunities than this.
But there are signs that Labour has caught on - and has seen a chink in his armour.
Evans said: "Chuck is a cagey southpaw and an awkward counter puncher - but this time I think I have the chink in his armour.
I have been immensely impressed with Lewis, but we may have seen a little chink in his armour after Spa," remarked Symonds.
More significantly, perhaps, he ran as though something was amiss when back over hurdles last time and this testing ground is sure to expose any chink in his armour.
There is no doubt Silent Witness is a phenomenal horse, but tackling a mile for the first time could expose a chink in his armour and British punters hold Attraction in the highest regard.
The only chink in his armour appears to be testing ground.
He said: "It now appears the one chink in his armour is that he can't use his flamboyant jumping to get him out of trouble in those heavy, rainy conditions.
We've now found a chink in his armour, he doesn't go on the really soft.
If there is a chink in his armour it could be his jumping as he fell at the fourth-last (going well at the time) on his seasonal reappearance at Sandown.
Bookmakers' favourite Andy Roddick eased into the quarter-finals but revealed a chink in his armour which will provide a glimmer of hope for his next opponent, Jonas Bjorkman.
Armstrong's defeat in the time trial nearly two weeks ago indicated a chink in his armour.
5 There is a chink in Jason Day's armour On a number of occasions during Day's positive start to the USPGA, the commentators talked about the Australian's "lack of an obvious weakness", but he went on to miss the cut because of the one glaring chink in his armour.
However, he has been lightly raced of late and giving away weight on a belated seasonal debut could be the chink in his armour.