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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Music To soften or mute the tone of by depressing the soft pedal.
  • transitive v. Informal To make less emphatic or obvious; play down: soft-pedal a potentially explosive issue.

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  • v. To attempt to persuade without being obvious about it, by understating a position so the listener takes the good points as obvious.
  • v. To tone down, damp, mute or obscure something; to proceed in a less forceful, circumspect or subdued manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. play down or obscure

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