soft-pedal

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verb soft-ped·al \ ˈsȯf(t)-ˈpe-dᵊl \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of soft-pedal

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

First Known Use of soft-pedal

1912


soft pedal

noun

Definition of soft pedal

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

First Known Use of soft pedal

1817


SOFT-PEDAL Defined for English Language Learners

soft-pedal

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verb

Definition of soft-pedal for English Language Learners

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



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