play sth down
— phrasal verb with play us uk /pleɪ/ verb
- Ministers played down the prospect of a spring election.
- Although I'm excited, I'm playing down my promotion so that the others don't get jealous.
- It's probably wise to play down your connection with the Communist party.
- The documentary played down the break-up of his first marriage.
- A Pentagon spokesman was trying to play down the significance of the incident.