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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.
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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 sensitive issue - I think we'd better soft-pedal it for the moment.
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