Achilles' Heel

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A specific vulnerability or weakness
Molecular biology The terminus of a DNA helix is likened to an Achilles' heel, given its lability when it is not ‘capped’ by a telomere
Psychology Emotional and psychological vulnerability to a degree sufficient to undermine an individual’s character development
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What is their Achilles heel? Their Six Nations record.
While the opening match may traditionally be an Achilles heel, it is a shoulder that is concerning Wales at the moment - that of Lions centre Jonathan Davies.
"We are quite certain that we see the Achilles heel," says Stephen B.
He jumped superbly, even with lots of horses upsides, which many people have claimed is his achilles heel. Finally, everyone give Kauto the total respect he deserves.
"The Achilles heel of the PR industry was quickly encountered by O'Brien when he found that the leading players refused to be interviewed."
"Supplier enablement continues to be the Achilles heel of e-procurement," said Tim Minahan, Vice President of Supply Chain Research at Aberdeen Group, Inc.
"The excess of the crowd are the Achilles heel of democracy to which there is and should be no judicial remedy," he asserts.
"Since these viruses thrive on systems that aren't patched, that's the biggest Achilles heel, and understanding how up-to-date [your systems are] is a good metric." Jaquith also recommends keeping track of how people use the system, and calculating a ratio of benign users and attackers, in order to keep a watch on trends.
Indeed, the industry's Achilles heel has been getting the right data in a timely manner for effective decision making.
Fred Moore, our storage editor-at-large, has clearly warned that electric power is the Achilles heel of the computer industry.
It really caught my attention because from all my consulting years, if there was anything keeping company CEOs or government agency heads awake at night, it was the fear that their information was not being managed or protected properly and therefore represented the organizations' "Achilles heel." Events since then have only proved this incredible vulnerability.