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English definition of “soft-pedal”

soft-pedal

verb [I or T]     /ˌsɒftˈped.əl/ US  /ˌsɑːft-/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
to make something seem less important or less bad than it really is: This is a rather sensitive issue - I think we'd better soft-pedal it for the moment.Exaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding
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