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"soft-pedal" in British English

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soft-pedalverb [I or T]

uk   /ˌsɒftˈped.əl/  us   /ˌsɑːftˈped.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
to make something ​seem less ​important or less ​bad than it really is: This is a ​sensitiveissue - I ​think we'd ​better soft-pedal it for the ​moment.
(Definition of soft-pedal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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soft-pedalverb [T]

 /ˈsɔftˈped·əl/
to ​treat something ​unpleasant as less ​important, because you ​want to ​avoid angering or ​hurtingpeople: The ​movie soft-pedals the more ​sensationalaspects of his ​life.
(Definition of soft-pedal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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