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soft spot

n.
1. A tender or sentimental feeling: has a soft spot for stray animals.
2. A weak or vulnerable point: a soft spot in the nation's defense strategy.
3. See fontanel.
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Avoid: Fruit with dull, dry skin or soft spots, mold, or punctures.
In some parts of a skeleton, such as the clavicle and the soft spots of the skull, they do this directly.
A soft spot, or fontanel, is the pliant and somewhat mushy area on the top ofa newborn's head where the four bones that will make up her uppermost skull have not quite grown together.
Wren examines the soft spots of reform from an even more sobering angle--the point of view of Soviets and Chinese who embrace the securities of the old system but rarely speak to the Western press.
The survey also found 64 per cent of Scots confess they develop soft spots for TV stars as if they were real people.
Instead, pool plasterers can cause "soft spots" (formerly and improperly called "spot etching") with improper plastering practices, leaving these areas very porous and susceptible to even balanced water.
Avoid: Fruit with a darker yellow or dull color, hardening or shriveling of the skin, or soft spots or mold on the surface.
At particular locations, he adds, soft sediments boosted these already-amplified forces so that buildings on soft spots felt about five times the expected peak accelerations.
The Tucson, Ariz.-based pool research and consulting firm onBalance has released a study that it said differentiates between pool plaster "soft spots" and spot etching.