soft–pedal

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soft–pedal /ˈsɑːftˈpɛdl̟/ verb
soft–pedals US soft–pedaled or British soft–pedalled US soft–pedaling or British soft–pedalling
soft–pedal
/ˈsɑːftˈpɛdl̟/
verb
soft–pedals US soft–pedaled or British soft–pedalled US soft–pedaling or British soft–pedalling
Learner's definition of SOFT–PEDAL
[+ object] chiefly US, informal
: to treat or describe (something) as less important than it really is
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