Definition of soft touch in English:

soft touch


  • A person who readily gives or does something if asked.

    • ‘The bit that still gets to me is the look on her face as she approached me, as though she thought I was a soft touch and I was going to bow down at her feet and beg forgiveness.’
    • ‘His reputation in Whitehall is that he is something of a soft touch when it comes to negotiating.’
    • ‘I think it's because it's such a busy shop, and also because the average age of our volunteers is 65 and people think they are an easy touch.’
    • ‘That should not mean that we allow Scotland to be seen as a soft touch for loans and other inducements, as we report today in the News section.’
    • ‘Uncle David always had been a soft touch, and it was a lot easier to persuade him and Auntie Marianna to let me stay up late than it ever was with Mum and Dad.’
    • ‘I think you know very well that you ought to stop being such a soft touch.’
    • ‘They knew that it was worth trying to scrounge a piece of cake off someone who they probably saw as an easy touch.’
    • ‘I was always the sap, the soft touch, the one who felt guilty.’
    • ‘We've shown people we're not a soft touch and that we won't be pushed over by the criticism.’
    • ‘They are no soft touch, as they proved again last night.’
    • ‘When it comes to rewarding his marquee players, Taylor has proven to be a reliably soft touch.’
    • ‘The goal on the employers' side was assumedly to come out with journalists sympathetic to their cause, who would be an easy touch in the future when they were dealing with a crisis or wanted to publicise something.’
    • ‘He said that his client had been seen as a soft touch by other users who helped themselves to his drugs and his money.’
    • ‘Do contractors working for the city see us as an easy touch because we are elderly?’
    • ‘Now, having left all those adolescent marketing experiences behind, I'm a pretty easy touch for kids selling things.’
    • ‘Mind you there are no easy games to be had and no soft touches either.’
    • ‘But it is an indication that libraries have a future if our tribunes put faith in them and don't regard them as a soft touch when budgets bite.’
    • ‘The elderly and other vulnerable people are seen as an easy touch by thieves, who often work in pairs or groups to trick their victims.’
    • ‘The trouble with caring too much is becoming a soft touch.’
    • ‘What business needed on Wednesday was reassurance that it would no longer be treated as a soft touch to raise more taxes.’
    fool, simpleton, innocent, dupe, gull
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