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soft-pedal (v.)

"to tone down," 1915, figurative use from the noun (1856) in reference to the left foot-lever of a piano, which makes it quieter among other effects; from soft (adj.) + pedal (n.).

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Definitions of soft-pedal

soft-pedal (v.)
play down or obscure;
His advisers soft-pedaled the president's blunder
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