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Definition of soft-pedal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

soft-pedal

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