soft pedal[sôft′ped′'l, säft′-]
a pedal used to soften or dampen the tone of a piano or any of certain other musical instruments
A pedal used to mute tone, as on a piano.
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)