verb(soft-pedal) [with object] Music
1.1Refrain from emphasizing the more unpleasant aspects of; play down: the administration’s decision to soft-pedal the missile program
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- Granted, the film probably soft-pedals the details a little in order to allow for an ending that, although not exactly happy, is not completely downbeat.
- Far from soft-pedaling his Catholicism, James II celebrated mass in public, appointed Catholics to important positions, fired officials who wouldn't convert.
- Indeed, I suspect that Pejman was soft-pedaling it for a conservative audience.
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