Definition of Achilles heel in English:

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Achilles heel

Pronunciation:

noun

A weakness or vulnerable point.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
weak spot, weak point, weak link, weakness, soft underbelly, shortcoming, failing, imperfection, flaw, defect, chink in one's armor;
nemesis

Origin

Early 19th century: alluding to the vulnerability of Achilles.

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Syllabification: A·chil·les heel

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