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soft pedal

Something that de-emphasizes, restrains, or plays down, as in The mayor put a soft pedal on this potentially explosive situation. This expression alludes to the una corda or soft pedal of the piano, which reduces the volume of the sound. It gave rise to the verb soft-pedal, meaning both "reduce the volume of" or "make less emphatic, downplay." [Early 1900s]
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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.
As opposed to shutting the piano lid or using the soft pedal, both of which diminish clarity in the piano, addressing voicing and pedaling issues will correct most balance concerns.
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The bad news for them is that Giles is in no mood to soft pedal.
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