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One entry found for Achilles' heel.
Main Entry: Achil·les' heel
Pronunciation: schwa-secondarystresskil-emacronz-
Function: noun
Etymology: named for Achilles, warrior in Greek legend
: a special or personal weakness
Word History In Greek legend, Achilles' mother protected him from harm by dipping him in the River Styx. However, she held him by the heel while doing it. As a result this heel did not get wet and thus was not protected. Later, during the Trojan War, Achilles was killed by Paris, a Trojan prince, who shot him in the unprotected heel with an arrow. The term Achilles' heel has since come to refer to any weak spot or point.

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