One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Designating a mixture of hardened steel and a softer, stronger metal (especially iron) in which the steel is fused to a core made of the other metal, as "soft-centre steel", etc.
2Designating a ploughshare consisting of soft metallic core and a hardened metallic surface, especially one made of soft centre steel; designating a plough possessing such a ploughshare. Now rare.
3Of a chocolate or other confection: = "soft-centred".
4Revealing an essentially compassionate or sentimental nature.
1A soft filling inside a chocolate or other confection.
2A chocolate or other confection with a soft filling.
3A compassionate or sentimental nature, a tender heart, especially contrasting with a tough exterior.
Mid 19th century. From soft + centre.
soft centre/ˌsɒf(t) ˈsɛntə/
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