soft pedal

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soft pedal

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

n (on piano) → sordina
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Biagio Marini's later "Capriccio per sonare il Violino con tre corde a modo di lira" similarly has a bass below the chords of the violin.