soft thing n.
1. an easily duped simpleton.
|Isle of Wight Obs. (Ryde) 7 Apr. 3/4: We admire timid and gentle things [...] and public men too like agreeable soft things, and look with applauding favour on the undescerning [sic] scribe.|
|Sporting Times 12 Apr. 2/3: Charlie Thompson won swimming match [...]. Charlie swam half-way under water, and other man never worried, as he thought Charlie had not started. Soft thing.|
|More Fables in Sl. (1960) 104: He was the Softest Thing the Lady Robber had Stood Up that Season.|
|Tramp and Other Stories 26: This’s the guard who’s a soft thing, eh? ‘He’s a decent cove.’ I’ll make your tongue hang out!|
2. something which requires no effort, an easy job, an easy win etc.
|Brooklyn Dly Eagle (NY) 24 Aug. 2/5: The Atlantics went to New Brunswick short handed, thinking they had a soft thing [...] and were defeated.|
|Four Years at Yale 48: Soft thing, an easy place, a pleasant position, a sure chance.|
|Memoirs of the US Secret Service 54: They had a soft thing of it.|
|Butte Miner (MT) 27 July 3/3: Phillipsburgers supposing they had a soft thing came to Butte in full force [...] Sporting Butteites also imagined they had a soft thing.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 14 Mar. 14/2: According to all accounts, the slogger is carrying on a game which can’t last, and in twelve months time, bids fair to be a ‘soft thing’ for a really good man.|
|‘The Squatter, Three Cornstalks, and the Well’ in Roderick (1967–9) 1 72: And so they thought they’d got / A rather soft and easy thing.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 20 Jan. 24/4: Two weeks hence, Murphy meets Archer […] – apparently another very soft thing.|
|Benno and Some of the Push 39: Mr. Dickson realised now that he had a ‘soft thing.’ It was plain that Cootie would take it lying down.‘Dukie M’Kenzie’s Dawnce’ in|
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|Oshkosh Northwestern (WI) 25 July 7/2: The friend of fascism is the man who loves his soft thing more than he does his country .|
(US campus) to be in an advantageous position.
|Four Years at Yale 48: To have a soft thing on, or the dead wood on, any object, is to hold the ‘inside track,’ the best opportunity for gaining it.|
|Sporting Times 18 Jan. 1: ‘Will you Bet?’ inquired Reynard. ‘Certainly,’ replied his Challenger, thinking he had a Soft Thing on.|