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soft–pedal

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transitive verb soft–ped·al \ˈsȯf(t)-ˈpe-dəl\

Simple Definition of soft–pedal

  • : to treat or describe (something) as less important than it really is

Full Definition of soft–pedal

  1. 1 :  play down, de-emphasize <soft–pedal the issue>

  2. 2 :  to use the soft pedal in playing

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Rhymes with soft–pedal


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