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See also: soft pedal
By analogy to use of the left pedal on a piano which is used to dampen the strings, making notes duller or softer.
- To attempt to persuade without being obvious about it, by understating a position so the listener takes the good points as obvious.
- To tone down, damp, mute or obscure something; to proceed in a less forceful, circumspect or subdued manner.