In Greek mythology , when Achilles was a baby, it was foretold that he would die young. To prevent his death, his mother Thetis took Achilles to a river , which was supposed to offer powers of invulnerability, and dipped his body into the water; however, as Thetis held Achilles by th heel, his heel was not washed over by the water of the magical river. Achilles grew up to be a man of war who survived many great battles. One day, a poisonous arrow shot at him was lodged in his heel, killing him shortly afterwards.
Achilles Heel is a weakness in spite of overall strength, which can lead to downfall. While the mythological origin refers to a physical vulnerability, idiomatic references to other attributes or qualities that can lead to downfall are common.
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