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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

chink up

To fill in or patch narrow openings, such as cracks or fissures (chinks), of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "chink" and "up." We live in an area that experiences a lot of earthquakes each year, so we've gotten pretty good at chinking up the walls of our house.
See also: chink, up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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.
See also: armour, chink
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.
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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.
See also: armour, chink
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

chink in one's armor, a

A vulnerable spot, a weakness. The term alludes to the medieval knight’s armor made of mail—interlinked rings of metal jointed at various points. When a crack, or chink, developed between the links or joints, he was less protected against a spear or arrow. The noun “chink” has been used figuratively for such a fissure since the 1600s, and the current term came soon afterward. See also Achilles' heel.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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RESTAURANT bosses have axed a menu which claims their banana fritters are "better than the Chinkys" after complaints from the Chinese community.
But the winner by 1.6 kilometres -- sorry, a mile -- was parliamentary candidate Kerry Smith, who, after using the phrases "disgusting poofters" and "chinky bird" said he'd been taking prescription medication following an injury and was "not really thinking and speaking rationally".Best double entendre in a public name
Many citizens from the North-East India have complained that they have been stereotyped by such characterizations as 'Chinky', 'Hakka', 'Nepali', 'Chinese' and 'Chow Mein' by people in Delhi, with reference to their facial features, particularly the appearance of their eyes.
We people from the northeast are a part of India and if you continue opposing us everywhere we go calling us foreigners, or having Chinky eyes or they are wearing these kinds of clothes as everyone's lifestyle is different and it doesn't matter what dress I wear or you wear," said a protester.
The acting bug is nothing new to World Peace, who's starred in such critically-acclaimed hits as BET's "Read Between The Lines," and, before that, a video titled "Murda Muzik," where his co-star was none other than the estimable "( Chinky ." Before the "Eleventh Victim" though, World Peace had yet to act in a film.
Witnesses heard the gang call Simon a "Chinky" but Blair's team refused to treat it as a racist crime.
Dorji said he was afraid they wouldn't go down very well with Delhi audience, being a ' chinky' band, but for once, Delhi really did decide to set aside its parochial ways, and leapt at the tshirts, with the Bhutanese King printed on them, which the band flung into the audience.
The nurse claimed the only time she uttered the word "chinky" was in reference to a Chinese takeaway.
'They called me chinky and from a young age I was treated like a second class citizen.'
Although he has chinky eyes-and that's a Gonzaga trait.'
Referring to lack of social-cultural history of the North East, sensitive Arunachal in particular and alleged racial discrimination against the people of North East India, who are invariably taunted as 'Chinky' or 'Daju' in Southern states and Maharashtra in August last even half century after independence, Lok Sabha Member Takam Sanjoy appealed to the historians, scholars and academia to take up in-depth research on the aboriginals of this state to authentically document their rich mosaic, time tested traditions and beliefs, root of immigration to help them ascertain, where from they came and where they stand today to relieve them from the fear of identity crisis.
People from the North East are called 'Chinky' and many Indians who know the country's 'culture' do not mind thrashing them in mega cities like Delhi and Bengaluru.
Westminster candidate for South Basildon Kerry Smith quit in December after describing gay people as "old poofters" and referring to a Chinese woman as a "Chinky bird".