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.
- soft-focus lens,
- soft-rock geology,
- soft-shell clam,
- soft-shell crab
Origin of soft-pedal
Origin of soft pedal
Examples from the Web for soft-pedal
And when the AHA is reintroduced in parliament, as it inevitably will be, he can soft-pedal.
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.Rick Perry Unleashes His Inner Cowboy in Fox News Debate|Michelle Cottle|January 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There had been rumors of trouble back on Earth, persistent rumors he had taken care to soft-pedal, as mayor of the colony.Image of the Gods|Alan Edward Nourse
verb -als, -alling or -alled or US -als, -aling or -aled (tr)
noun 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]