Soft Pedal Definition

sôftpĕdl, sŏft-
soft-pedaled, soft-pedaling, soft-pedalled, soft-pedalling, soft-pedals
noun
A pedal used to soften or dampen the tone of a piano or any of certain other musical instruments.
Webster's New World

(music) The leftmost foot-pedal on most pianos which, when pushed, softens the note played.

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verb
To soften or dampen the tone of (a musical instrument) by use of a special pedal.
Webster's New World
To make less emphatic, less obtrusive, less conspicuous, etc.; tone down; play down.
Webster's New World

To attempt to persuade without being obvious about it, by understating a position so the listener takes the good points as obvious.

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Other Word Forms of Soft Pedal

Noun

Singular:
soft pedal
Plural:
soft-pedals

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