achilles' heel

Achilles heel
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Definitions of achilles' heel words

  • noun achilles' heel a portion, spot, area, or the like, that is especially or solely vulnerable: His Achilles heel is his quick temper. 1
  • noun achilles' heel Alternative spelling of Achilles heel. 0

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Origin of achilles' heel

First appearance:

before 1800
One of the 42% newest English words
First recorded in 1800-10

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achilles' heel popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 32% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 73% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for achilles' heel

noun achilles' heel

  • deficiency — Deficiency in something, especially something that your body needs, is not having enough of it.
  • frailty — the quality or state of being frail.
  • handicap — a race or other contest in which certain disadvantages or advantages of weight, distance, time, etc., are placed upon competitors to equalize their chances of winning.
  • susceptibility — state or character of being susceptible: susceptibility to disease.
  • weakness — the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness.

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