soft touch



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soft touch (plural soft touches)

  1. (idiomatic) A person or group that is sympathetic, accommodating, easily overcome, or easily persuaded, especially one that loans or readily gives money to another.
    • 1931 Aug. 15, Roscoe McGowen, "Baseball: Cards, in farewell, upset Robins, 9-3," New York Times, p. 11:
      But Fred Heimach, who batted for Quinn in the Brooklyn half and fanned, proved a soft touch for the Cardinals in the ninth.
    • 2004, Jeanette Windle, Firestorm, →ISBN, p. 55:
      She was a soft touch for anyone with a genuine need.
    • 2008 Dec. 8, "Get tough on border security, oppn," Sky News (Australia) (retrieved 8 Dec 2008):
      The federal opposition says people smugglers now see Australia as a soft touch on border security.
  2. (idiomatic) A comfortable situation; an easy task or undemanding occupation, especially one which is comfortably remunerative.
    • 1939, T. Mitchell, "The ‘Soft Touch’ in Teaching," Washington Education, vol. 71, no. 1, p. 28:
      Many people, not in the teaching profession, have the mistaken idea that teaching is a "soft touch."
    • 1998, James Herriot, All Creatures Great and Small, →ISBN, p. 266:
      I finally abandoned any lingering illusions I had had that Ministry work was a soft touch.