Definitions for soft-pedal

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

soft′ ped′al(n.)

  1. a pedal, as on a piano, for reducing tonal volume.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. something that restrains or dampens.

    Category: Informal

Origin of soft pedal:

1915–20

soft′-ped′al(v.)-aled, -al•ing; -alled, -al•ling.

  1. (v.i.)to use the soft pedal of a piano.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. (v.t.)to attempt to make less obvious, important, or objectionable; downplay.

    Category: Informal

Origin of soft-pedal:

1915–20

Princeton's WordNet

  1. soft pedal(verb)

    a pedal on a piano that moves the action closer to the strings and so soften the sound

  2. soft-pedal(verb)

    play down or obscure

    "His advisers soft-pedaled the president's blunder"

Wiktionary

  1. soft-pedal(Verb)

    Attempting to persuade without being obvious about it, by understating a position so the listener takes the good points as obvious.

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