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Definition of soft-pedal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

soft-pedal

 verb
verb
 
[transitive, intransitive] soft-pedal (on) something (informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they soft-pedal
 
he / she / it soft-pedals
 
past simple soft-pedaled ()soft-pedalled
 
-ing form soft-pedaling ()soft-pedalling
 
 
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to treat something as less serious or important than it really is Television has been accused of soft-pedaling bad news.
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