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
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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.
As expected, Imran Aslam was given the choice: "soft pedal or resign." He resigned.
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The soft pedal will shift the hammers so fewer strings are hit, producing a softer sound.
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?