soft pedalsoft pedal
- to soften or dampen the tone of (a musical instrument) by use of a special pedal
- Informal to make less emphatic, less obtrusive, less conspicuous, etc.; tone down; play down
transitive verbsoft-ped·aled, soft-ped·al·ing, soft-ped·als or soft-ped·alled or soft-ped·al·ling
- Music To soften or mute the tone of by depressing the soft pedal.
- Informal To make less emphatic or obvious; play down: soft-pedal a potentially explosive issue.
(plural soft pedals)