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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.
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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
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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.v.t.
2. to attempt to make less obvious, important, or objectionable; downplay.
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Past participle: soft-pedalled
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|Verb||1.||soft-pedal - play down or obscure; "His advisers soft-pedaled the president's blunder"|
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soft-pedal[ˌsɒftˈpɛdl] vt (fig) → minimizzare
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