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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 sensitive issue - 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)

“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)