soft pedal

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soft pedal

n.
A pedal used to mute tone, as on a piano.

soft′ ped′al


n.
1. a pedal, as on a piano, for reducing tonal volume.
2. something that restrains or dampens.
[1915–20]

soft′-ped′al



v. -aled, -al•ing (esp. Brit.) -alled, -al•ling. v.i.
1. to use the soft pedal of a piano.
v.t.
2. to attempt to make less obvious, important, or objectionable; downplay.
[1915–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.soft pedal - a pedal on a piano that moves the action closer to the strings and so soften the sound
foot lever, foot pedal, treadle, pedal - a lever that is operated with the foot
forte-piano, piano, pianoforte - a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds
Translations

soft pedal

n (on piano) → sordina
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