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play sth down

phrasal verb with play uk   us   /pleɪ/ verb
to make something ​seem less ​important or less ​bad than it really is: Military ​spokespeopletried to ​play down the ​seriousness of the ​disaster.

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play sth down

phrasal verb with play uk   us   /pleɪ/ verb
to say that something is not important, especially because you do not want it to be known ​publicly: Insiders are playing the matter down, ​stressing the ​investigation is industry-wide and not ​specific to their own ​investmentbank.
(Definition of play sth down from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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