from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Music To soften or mute the tone of by depressing the soft pedal.
- transitive v. Informal To make less emphatic or obvious; play down: soft-pedal a potentially explosive issue.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To attempt to persuade without being obvious about it, by understating a position so the listener takes the good points as obvious.
- v. To tone down, damp, mute or obscure something; to proceed in a less forceful, circumspect or subdued manner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. play down or obscure
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(This production seems almost at times to soft-pedal the work's hostility toward American institutions; a vigorously up-tempo version of the song slamming flag-worship, "Don't Put It Down," obscures the number's acidic tone.)
The Giants' run game hasn't looked good all year, but it's definitely stalled without Bradshaw, and Coughlin didn't soft-pedal in saying his starting running back's return would be a big spark "for sure."
Chancellor Merkel had said before Wen's arrival that she would not soft-pedal human rights issues despite Germany's desire for increased economic cooperation with China.
Mr. Manchin bridles at the idea he would ever soft-pedal criticism out of party loyalty.
This tendency for physicians to soft-pedal bad news appears to be common.
Wow, talk about a serious soft-pedal of a potentially serious conflict of interest, Zach.
I am asking for evidence that secular historians think that the Gospels are "fraudulent" and that they wish to "soft peddle" (soft-pedal?) the term.
Olegt: I am asking for evidence that secular historians think that the Gospels are "fraudulent" and that they wish to "soft peddle" (soft-pedal?) the term.
Yet, the police soft-pedal Mike's offense, or wash it out completely.
The consequences are evident in the way we are now compelled to soft-pedal American principles to avoid offending our financial benefactors, most notably China.
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