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go soft

To become overly lenient, easily manipulated, or apathetic; to lose strength or determination. You used to be the toughest sheriff this town has ever had, but you've gone soft in your old age.
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Suddenly he blinked queerly, grabbed Powell's shoulder and collapsed, subsiding all at once as though he had gone soft all over, as a piece of silk stuff collapses.
David Hillman, spokesman for the Robin Hood Tax campaign said: "George Osborne has gone soft on the City while getting tough on slashing public services.
I've never had this much time off," he explained, "my hands have literally gone soft.
Christian Dailly reckons football has gone soft and insists the game is missing the characters who helped him learn his trade at Dundee United.
But even she's gone soft now, so perhaps it was best she didn't feature in the finale.
MR Eddie Jefferson raises some interesting issues about the criminal justice system in The Law's Gone Soft (Examiner, October 14).
Yet it appears that Hughes the manager has gone soft, judging by the help he gave one Manchester City-supporting family.
Mr Milner said: "I've heard older people talk about ploughing through snowdrifts in their wellies when they went to school all those years ago, and I can understand why they say we appear to have gone soft.
Meanwhile, Adama (Edward James Olmos) frets fitfully aboard the beleaguered Galactica, trying to rig a workable plan to rescue those enslaved on New Caprica, while his once-heroic son Lee (Jamie Barber) has gone soft.
THE public has gone soft and expects to be "mollycoddled", according to the region's director of public health.
When my acquaintances started accusing me of being a moderate, I began to ask myself if I had gone soft.
I haven't gone soft,' the Education Secretary said.
The first Committee on the Present Danger was formed in 1950 by Cold War liberals who favored a policy of containment vis-a-vis the Soviet Union; the second installment came after Vietnam, launched by hawkish Democrats who felt their party had gone soft on the Reds, and who during the Reagan years had become active in Republican foreign-policy circles.
I think the punishment is, on balance, proportionate and it's certainly the punishment that will not leave people thinking the FA have gone soft on drugs.
The whole place has a very light, fresh and comfortable feel to it," said Colin: "It's gone soft, with light wood and clean contemporary lines which have impressed customers and staff.