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Achilles heel


His weak spot—his Achilles heel—had saved us all.
Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  a subtle, but fatal weakness where otherwise there is obvious strength
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Strongly Associated with:   Achilles, Achilles tendon
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The term is based on the Myth of Achilles.

In Greek mythology, Achilles was made invulnerable by being dipped in the river Styx by his mother. Unfortunately, she held him by one of his heels which did not get wet. He was eventually killed by a poison arrow that struck his heel.
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  • His weak spot—his Achilles heel—had saved us all.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Brummagem England was toppling already and her downfall would be Ireland, her Achilles heel, which he explained to them about the vulnerable point of Achilles, the Greek hero, a point his auditors at once seized as he completely gripped their attention by showing the tendon referred to on his boot.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • His Achilles heel was a microscopic hole in his pericardium that caused a heart murmur and meant that the wall of one chamber was compromised.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • But he has his Achilles Heel.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Achilles heel [9] , Achilles [4] , Achilles tendon [8]
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