soft spot

a weak or vulnerable position, place, condition, etc.: a soft spot in their fortifications; a soft spot in the economy.
emotional susceptibility: a soft spot for dogs and babies.

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soft spot
a sentimental fondness (esp in the phrase have a soft spot for)

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Medical Dictionary

soft spot n.
See fontanel.

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Idioms & Phrases

soft spot

  1. A weak or vulnerable point, as in That's the soft spot in his argument. [Mid-1900s]

  2. have a soft spot for. Have a tender or sentimental feeling for, as in Grandpa had a soft spot for Brian, his first grandson. This expression, first recorded in 1753 as "a soft place in one's heart," uses soft in the sense of "tender."

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Example sentences
They dug up through a soft spot in the ceiling and enforced and camouflaged a
  hatch so farmers wouldn't find it or fall through.
She also has a soft spot for paleontology and evolution stories.
Germans may inveigh against bureaucrats, but they have a soft spot for state
One soft spot is its white-goods arm which, though relatively small, is a
  high-profile operation.
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