Definitions for soft-pedal

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  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"


  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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