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See also: soft pedal


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soft-pedal (third-person singular simple present soft-pedals, present participle soft-pedalling (UK) or soft-pedaling (US), simple past and past participle soft-pedalled (UK) or soft-pedaled (US))

  1. To attempt to persuade without being obvious about it, by understating a position so the listener takes the good points as obvious.
  2. To tone down, damp, mute or obscure something; to proceed in a less forceful, circumspect or subdued manner.

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