soft-pedal

verb
soft-ped·​al | \ ˈsȯf(t)-ˈpe-dᵊl How to pronounce soft-pedal (audio) \
soft-pedaled; soft-pedaling; soft-pedals

Definition of soft-pedal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : play down, de-emphasize soft-pedal the issue
2 : to use the soft pedal in playing

soft pedal

noun

Definition of soft pedal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a foot pedal on a piano that reduces the volume of sound
2 : something that muffles, deadens, or reduces effect

Synonyms for soft-pedal

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of soft-pedal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is a two-part skill; his superb legato (or connected articulation) on the keyboard was heightened by skillful deployment of both the sustaining and the soft pedal. Marcus Overton, sandiegouniontribune.com, 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of soft-pedal

Verb

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of soft-pedal was in 1817

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“Soft-pedal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soft-pedal. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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