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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
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EASY TOUCH incorporates a graphical error display and error memory history to investigate reasons for any problems, with a lubrication display to also remind the operator of the need to lubricate the machine at the end of the day's production, thereby extending the life of the clipping automats.
Although I believe the rig was American built and manned mainly by Americans, I feel BP are having to take all responsibility for this disaster, as they are considered an easy touch in the USA for being sued.
GORDON STRACHAN has warned Celtic's SPL rivals not to think the champions will be an easy touch next season.
After sealing the first Frizzell County Championship victory of the season Glamorgan have been challenged to show their remaining opponents they are no longer an easy touch.
But the fickle Stour, with fluctuating flows, depth changes, pools and varying widths that test casting skills, is not an easy touch.
Controlled by an easy touch screen offering electronic programme memory, the machine copes with a wide range of film, including re-sealable options with a gas flushing option.
He was a very vulnerable member of society and seen as an easy touch for money and valuables.
THIS country has become an easy touch - but not for me.
EYAL BERKOVIC is praying Israel draw Scotland in the Euro 2000 play-offs next month - because he reckons we're an easy touch.
College kids have always been an easy touch for ideologues, like Duke, who sell hate under the guise of free speech.
IRELAND is an easy touch for sex traffickers and until tough new legislation becomes law it will remain that way.
If Blair and his motley crew had not offered our system to every scrounger who sees this country as an easy touch there would be no need for such a disgusting proposal .
Teachers have been the whipping boys of British industry for several generations, an easy touch who can always be held in check with emotional appeals to their consciences.
United have lost just once at home all season, yet they won't find Liverpool an easy touch.
But let us hope that Ashin's action will convince burglars that places of worship are not an easy touch.