soft-pedal


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soft-ped·al

(sôft′pĕd′l, sŏft′-)
tr.v. soft-ped·aled, soft-ped·al·ing, soft-ped·als or soft-ped·alled or soft-ped·al·ling
1. Music To soften or mute the tone of by depressing the soft pedal.
2. Informal To make less emphatic or obvious; play down: soft-pedal a potentially explosive issue.

soft-pedal

vb (tr) , -als, -alling or -alled, -als, -aling or -aled
1. (Music, other) to mute the tone of (a piano) by depressing the soft pedal
2. informal to make (something, esp something unpleasant) less obvious by deliberately failing to emphasize or allude to it
n
(Instruments) a foot-operated lever on a piano, the left one of two, that either moves the whole action closer to the strings so that the hammers strike with less force or causes fewer of the strings to sound. Compare sustaining pedal, piano1

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]

soft-pedal


Past participle: soft-pedalled
Gerund: soft-pedalling

Imperative
soft-pedal
soft-pedal
Present
I soft-pedal
you soft-pedal
he/she/it soft-pedals
we soft-pedal
you soft-pedal
they soft-pedal
Preterite
I soft-pedalled
you soft-pedalled
he/she/it soft-pedalled
we soft-pedalled
you soft-pedalled
they soft-pedalled
Present Continuous
I am soft-pedalling
you are soft-pedalling
he/she/it is soft-pedalling
we are soft-pedalling
you are soft-pedalling
they are soft-pedalling
Present Perfect
I have soft-pedalled
you have soft-pedalled
he/she/it has soft-pedalled
we have soft-pedalled
you have soft-pedalled
they have soft-pedalled
Past Continuous
I was soft-pedalling
you were soft-pedalling
he/she/it was soft-pedalling
we were soft-pedalling
you were soft-pedalling
they were soft-pedalling
Past Perfect
I had soft-pedalled
you had soft-pedalled
he/she/it had soft-pedalled
we had soft-pedalled
you had soft-pedalled
they had soft-pedalled
Future
I will soft-pedal
you will soft-pedal
he/she/it will soft-pedal
we will soft-pedal
you will soft-pedal
they will soft-pedal
Future Perfect
I will have soft-pedalled
you will have soft-pedalled
he/she/it will have soft-pedalled
we will have soft-pedalled
you will have soft-pedalled
they will have soft-pedalled
Future Continuous
I will be soft-pedalling
you will be soft-pedalling
he/she/it will be soft-pedalling
we will be soft-pedalling
you will be soft-pedalling
they will be soft-pedalling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been soft-pedalling
you have been soft-pedalling
he/she/it has been soft-pedalling
we have been soft-pedalling
you have been soft-pedalling
they have been soft-pedalling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been soft-pedalling
you will have been soft-pedalling
he/she/it will have been soft-pedalling
we will have been soft-pedalling
you will have been soft-pedalling
they will have been soft-pedalling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been soft-pedalling
you had been soft-pedalling
he/she/it had been soft-pedalling
we had been soft-pedalling
you had been soft-pedalling
they had been soft-pedalling
Conditional
I would soft-pedal
you would soft-pedal
he/she/it would soft-pedal
we would soft-pedal
you would soft-pedal
they would soft-pedal
Past Conditional
I would have soft-pedalled
you would have soft-pedalled
he/she/it would have soft-pedalled
we would have soft-pedalled
you would have soft-pedalled
they would have soft-pedalled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.soft-pedal - play down or obscure; "His advisers soft-pedaled the president's blunder"
background, play down, downplay - understate the importance or quality of; "he played down his royal ancestry"

soft-pedal

verb
Informal. To make less emphatic or obvious:
Translations

soft-pedal

[ˈsɒftˈpedl] VT (esp US) (fig) → minimizar la importancia de

soft-pedal

[ˌsɒftˈpɛdl] vt (fig) → minimizzare
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