soft pedal

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soft pedal

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

soft′ ped′al

1. a pedal, as on a piano, for reducing tonal volume.
2. something that restrains or dampens.


v. -aled, -al•ing (esp. Brit.) -alled, -al•ling. v.i.
1. to use the soft pedal of a piano.
2. to attempt to make less obvious, important, or objectionable; downplay.
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

soft pedal

n (on piano) → sordina
References in classic literature ?
Often I longed to do something hysterically desperate, to rouse Raffles and bring the street about our ears; once I did bring him about mine by striking a single note on the piano, with the soft pedal down.
Why does the West soft pedal when criticising the human rights record of Saudi Arabia where the traditions of sharia (Islamic laws) are upheld, with public be-headings for capital offences and severe restrictions on free speech?
Morning Tenderness" captures the throws of intimacy in the building tempo and "Love Song in the Rain" explores where that drive can take you with a steady flowing tempo and the altered color provided by the soft pedal.
Mr Blair can afford to soft pedal on money making after earning pounds 20million last year through speaking engagements as well as advising banks and foreign governments.