soft pedal

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a pedal on a piano that moves the action closer to the strings and so soften the sound

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That, and our hope that use of the soft pedal will persuade the Russians to back the US over Iraq in the Security Council.
The university transformed itself from a place, in Massa's words, "marked by a resolutely masculine, athlete culture and noisy, unintellectual religion," a working-class school whose football team constituted "the front ranks of an ethnic `holy war against the Protestant majority in the United States,'" to a "new Notre Dame," which did not jettison the school's athletic tradition or soft pedal its strong popular Catholic identity but combined them with a dedication to academic distinction.
Those who've worked as executive temps soft pedal the times they've been brought in to overhaul a department or area because top management didn't want to make - or own - the tough choices.
Even the soft pedal, though it survived to the present time, never really outgrew its original character of a "special effect.
Flaying the Prosecution Department's comments further, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi said that the Nation had the right to know that why once the alleged terrorists were apprehended the N League government adopted a soft pedal approach in their prosecution enabling them to go Scot-free.