soft-pedal

[ sawft-ped-l, soft- ]SEE DEFINITION OF soft-pedal

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There had been rumors of trouble back on Earth, persistent rumors he had taken care to soft-pedal, as mayor of the colony.

WORD ORIGIN

"to tone down," 1915, figurative use from the noun (1856) in reference to the left foot-lever of a piano, which makes it quieter among other effects; from soft (adj.) + pedal (n.).

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