soft-pedal

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Etymology[edit]

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Verb[edit]

soft-pedal ‎(third-person singular simple present soft-pedals, present participle (UK) soft-pedalling or (US) soft-pedaling, simple past and past participle (UK) soft-pedalled or (US) soft-pedaled)

  1. To attempt to persuade without being obvious about it, by understating a position so the listener takes the good points as obvious.
  2. To tone down, damp, mute or obscure something; to proceed in a less forceful, circumspect or subdued manner.

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