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English definition of “play sth down”

play sth down

phrasal verb with play     /pleɪ/ verb
to make something seem less important or less bad than it really is: Military spokespeople tried to play down the seriousness of the disaster.Exaggerating and playing downPraising and applauding
(Definition of play sth down from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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