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soft–pedal

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

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

Full Definition of SOFT-PEDAL

1
:  play down, de-emphasize <soft–pedal the issue>
2
:  to use the soft pedal in playing
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First Known Use of SOFT-PEDAL

1925

Rhymes with SOFT-PEDAL

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