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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.
I suspect the increased crime rates and abuse of the emergency services have nothing to do with the numbers of police but that the Law courts and successive governments have "gone soft" on crime and punishment.
PAUL Robinson was famous for hard-hitting tackles in his playing days, but thinks "the game's gone soft" in recent years.
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.
NO, I haven't gone soft, but while I've been recuperating in a hospital bed I've come to the conclusion that Everton are really well equipped to have a decent season again (and I'm writing this BEFORE last night's game at White Hart Lane).
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. But, these days, we are living in a more litigious society and we have to be very careful when it comes to health and safety.
Word has it that the Cork man has gone soft in his old age.
THE public has gone soft and expects to be "mollycoddled", according to the North West region's director of public health Professor John Ashton.
When my acquaintances started accusing me of being a moderate, I began to ask myself if I had gone soft. Had 1 changed?
I haven't gone soft,' the Education Secretary said.