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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But this production soft-pedals the politics, concentrating on a shallow tour of the demimonde.
But when faced with the most anti-environmental President in history, a man who makes even Ronald Reagan look like Edward Abbey, will an educational message that soft-pedals the politics get results?
Stan Lachow also stands out as Zeizel, the actor who soft-pedals the running synopsis for the censor and plays the righteous rabbi in the play-within-the-play.