soft–pedal

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verb soft–ped·al \ˈsȯf(t)-ˈpe-dəl\

Definition of soft–pedal

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  play down, de-emphasize soft–pedal the issue

  3. 2 :  to use the soft pedal in playing

1913

First Known Use of soft–pedal

1913


SOFT–PEDAL Defined for English Language Learners

soft–pedal

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verb soft–ped·al \ˈsȯf(t)-ˈpe-dəl\

Definition of soft–pedal for English Language Learners

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

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