First Known Use of soft-pedal
Synonymsde-emphasize, downplay, play down
Related Wordsunderplay, understate; bad-mouth, belittle, cry down, decry, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, derogate, dismiss, disparage, kiss off, minimize, poor-mouth, put down, run down, talk down, trash, trash-talk
Near Antonymsexaggerate, overdo, overdraw, overstate; elaborate, embellish, embroider, magnify, pad, stretch; fudge, hedge; melodramatize, overemphasize, overplay, sensationalize
Definition of soft pedal
Recent Examples of soft pedal from the Web
Braking engages with a soft pedal on initial engagement and follows through with a secure and absolutely flat stop.
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First Known Use of soft pedal
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