Definition of “soft-pedal” - English Dictionary

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“soft-pedal” in American English

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soft-pedalverb [ T ]

/ˈsɔftˈped·əl/

to treat something unpleasant as less important, because you want to avoid angering or hurting people:

The movie soft-pedals the more sensational aspects of his life.

(Definition of “soft-pedal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)