It would do nothing about climate change and would embrace but soft-pedal and rebrand social conservatism.
Even when the crowd turned loud and nasty on certain foreign-policy points, Paul refused to soft-pedal his anti-interventionism.
And when the AHA is reintroduced in parliament, as it inevitably will be, he can soft-pedal.
There had been rumors of trouble back on Earth, persistent rumors he had taken care to soft-pedal, as mayor of the colony.
To make less prominent; deemphasize; downplay: Even my friends advised me to soft-pedal my criticisms
[1915+; fr the pedal on a piano that softens the notes played]