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Achilles' heel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Achilles' heel a seemingly small but actual mortal weakness
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Idioms

Achilles' heel - A person's weak spot is their Achilles' heel.
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Usage

In literature:

He is vulnerable, though it be only like the fabled Achilles in his heel.
"Thoughts on Man" by William Godwin
If it be true, then is our Achilles wounded in the heel, and is like enough to journey from here to Tyburn free of charges.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
They say there is a weak spot in every man's armour; there is always an Achilles' heel.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
The heel of Achilles in all historical speculations of this class has been the role of the individual.
"Evolution in Modern Thought" by Ernst Haeckel
But remember Achilles's heel, Mr.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
He had found the vulnerable heel of Achilles.
"The Lost Despatch" by Natalie Sumner Lincoln
But right here is his Achilles heel.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Here it must be said that the Achilles' heel of Henry Shakspere Knight lay in his stomach.
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett
That thought was the Achilles' heel of the community.
"The Lieutenant-Governor" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
If Achilles' only vulnerable spot was in his heel, then his vanity must have gone to his feet, instead of to his head.
"A Guide to Men" by Helen Rowland
It is therefore in France and Belgium that the vulnerable point lies, the Achilles heel of the British Empire.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
Truly this Helen, all unconsciously, had not only found the heel of a modern Achilles, but was wounding him sorely.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
Protection is less here than higher up under the projecting eaves, and the Achilles' heel of the cob wall is undoubtedly its base.
"Cottage Building in Cob, Pisé, Chalk and Clay" by Clough Williams-Ellis
Everything has its Achilles heel, even the atom.
"The Giants From Outer Space" by Geoff St. Reynard
Our great author had indeed the heel of Achilles.
"Amenities of Literature" by Isaac Disraeli
And he had been quicker than I to see the Achilles' heel of our complicated mercantile economy.
"The Debit Account" by Oliver Onions
Also the tradition of Achilles of Greece being invulnerable in the heel, as related by Homer.
"The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors" by Kersey Graves
But right here is his Achilles heel.
"A Ten Year War" by Jacob A. Riis
Miss Toomis has found out my Achilles's heel.
"Mortal Coils" by Aldous Huxley
A helmet of similar material covered the head, rendering them like Achilles, invulnerable except in the heels.
"Eleven Years in the Rocky Mountains and Life on the Frontier" by Frances Fuller Victor
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In news:

Yet every dictator has his Achilles' heel.
It's been Mitt Romney's Achilles' heel for years.
Hugh Hewitt observes that immigration policy is the Achilles' heel of the Republican Party.
There was a time when searching email was an Achilles' heel for Microsoft and Outlook.
Ionic foot baths have Achilles' heel.
Visual Science The Achilles Heel on Michelangelo 's David: His Shin.
Dance music's Achilles' heel has always been its shameless, effeminate release.
Now, no system is perfect, and if speech has an Achilles' heel, it's probably the ambiguity built into the English language.
Indeed, even the sweetener 's main Achilles' heel — a licorice-like aftertaste — is being tweaked by food scientists.
When Achilles' mother dipped him by his heel into the River Styx, she made his body invincible everywhere but on his heel, creating a legendary weak spot that many runners can identify with.
CUMMING — Turnovers were Cherokee's Achilles' heel Friday as it fell to North Forsyth 28-12, in a contest that saw the Warriors trail the entire game.
Superstorm Sandy highlights Achilles ' heel of electric cars.
Cyber inaction may be our Achilles ' heel.
The BRICs, the Other Achilles ' Heel of the World Economy.
Housing's Achilles Heel: Under 40 and Underwater.
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In science:

This may appear a naive or questionable idea, since the behavior of specific heat data is the Achilles’ heel of FSS analysis.
Multicritical Points and Crossover Mediating the Strong Violation of Universality: Wang-Landau Determinations in the Random-Bond $d=2$ Blume-Capel model
The molecular calculations in the dissociation limit show the ”Achilles’ heel” of the FRPA.
Faddeev Random Phase Approximation applied to molecules
Both pioneering analyses illustrate that the colour measurement quality is the Achilles’ heel of distance measurements, because both teams could not use the bare colour measurements in their distance estimation.
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
Historically, defining the Path Integral’s measure, in any way (ranging from more mathematically rigorous approaches all the way to the more formal and heuristic ones), has always been the Achilles’ heel of the Path Integral quantization scheme.
Complex Path Integrals and the Space of Theories
The Achilles’ heel of the DIM is quiescence.
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients
This variation of rigidity as different constraints are included, however, is in a sense the Achilles heel of the method if it is to be used as a coarse-graining approach and a basis for simulation.
Sensitivity of protein rigidity analysis to small structural variations: a large-scale comparative analysis
Although so many tools for developing ASP programs have been proposed up to now, the crucial task of testing ASP programs received less attention [32,46], and is an Achilles’ heel of the available programming environments.
Unit Testing in ASPIDE
Currently there is no deep theoretical understanding concerning the form of FM (ˆt), which appears to be the ‘Achilles heel’ of such a non– perturbative model.
Latest Results in Central Exclusive Production: A Summary
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