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Origin of soft pedal
Words nearby soft pedal
Definition for soft pedal (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), soft-ped·aled, soft-ped·al·ing or (especially British) soft-ped·alled, soft-ped·al·ling.
verb (used with object), soft-ped·aled, soft-ped·al·ing or (especially British) soft-ped·alled, soft-ped·al·ling.
Origin of soft-pedal
How to use soft pedal in a sentence
There were stomachs, taut and flat, but also undulating bellies, soft and bloated from the breakfast buffet.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I strain and push and pedal and wonder, “When will this end?”
Francis is well into his seventies, looks it, has a mild demeanor and soft speaking style; but his rhetoric is electrifying.
I push down on the pedal with my right leg and instead of propelling myself forward, I topple over sideways.
My surgeon told me my bones were so soft he could barely install the screws.
And once more, she found herself desiring to be like Janet--not only in appearance, but in soft manner and tone.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
A few small rocks of some soft stone may be added, and in between these the Ferns are planted.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
His face flushed with annoyance, and taking off his soft hat he began to beat it impatiently against his leg as he walked.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
The delicious soft rains set in early, promising a good grain year.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
Not a zephyr ruffled the leaf of a rose, and a soft breathing fragrance bathed his reposing senses.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
British Dictionary definitions for soft pedal
verb -als, -alling or -alled or US -als, -aling or -aled (tr)
noun soft pedal
Idioms and Phrases with soft pedal
Something that de-emphasizes, restrains, or plays down, as in The mayor put a soft pedal on this potentially explosive situation. This expression alludes to the una corda or soft pedal of the piano, which reduces the volume of the sound. It gave rise to the verb soft-pedal, meaning both “reduce the volume of” or “make less emphatic, downplay.” [Early 1900s]