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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Rigert floated around Braun like Saturn's rings, soft-pedaling her slippered feet and wafting to earth.
The party's radical pro-independence wing has also been critical of Chen's conciliatory stance toward China and his soft-pedaling of his former advocacy of Taiwan independence.
The Walk would be a permanent exhibit of the achievements of Dewey's life, including his years as district attorney and governor, soft-pedaling the fact that most of his major activities took place far from his hometown.
What a change to hear unambiguous, black-and-white Truth, with no apologies, no soft-pedaling, no allowances made for different ideas or variant versions of reality.
The EPA has drawn criticism for soft-pedaling restrictions on industries which befoul the environment.