Achilles’ heel

achilles heel meaning and story

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Achilles’ heel 

  • (noun) a weakness or vulnerable point.

Story behind Achilles’heel

The term “Achilles’ heel” means a person’s vulnerable spot or area. It is derived from the Greek myth of Achilles and his mother Thetis. According to legend, when Achilles was born, his mother, in an effort to make him immortal, took Achilles to the Styx river and dipped him. She held him by one heel. The area where her fingers held him remained dry. As the heel was not touched by the waters of the Styx, it was the one vulnerable place on Achilles. Achilles became the hero of many battles during the Trojan War. Paris, Prince of the Trojans, shot an arrow in the heel of Achilles. Because the heel was the one spot untouched by immortality, Achilles died.

Achilles’ heel word usage in recent news (Achilles’ heel in a sentence)

  • Apple Watch Battery Life May Be Its Achilles Heel
  • India target England’s achilles heel by switching to an all-spin attack
  • Defence is Man United’s Achilles heel
  • If Narendra Modi’s government has an Achilles’ Heel, it is his weak bench strength in terms of potential ministers
  • The Achilles heel for privacy and consumer protection are apps connected to marketing, where the information can be gathered and used.
  • Verbal skills is the Achilles heel for a majority of CAT takers.

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