A weakness or vulnerable point.
- This is my one weakness, my Achilles' heel, if you will.
- It seems to me that we have come to accept death on Earth as part of our human flaw, as our Achilles' heel.
- In the circumstances, worrying about being thought mad or humourless seems a peculiar Achilles' heel.
weak spot, weak point, weak link, weakness, soft underbelly, shortcoming, failing, imperfection, flaw, defect, chink in one's armor;
Early 19th century: alluding to the vulnerability of Achilles.
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Syllabification: A·chil·les heel
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