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backpedal

To quickly and often abruptly reverse or retreat from one's position or opinion on a given subject. Refers to pedaling backwards on a bicycle (done to apply the brakes on fixed-gear bikes), or to taking quick, backward steps, as in football or boxing. The actor had to backpedal when he let slip a racist remark during the press conference.

put the pedal to the metal

1. To press down the accelerator (of an automobile) as far as possible; to accelerate to or travel at the maximum speed. It would normally take us three days driving to New York from Colorado, but with my brother putting the pedal to the metal, we made it in two. We're going to be late—put the pedal to the medal!
2. By extension, to do something with maximum speed or effort. Put the pedal to the metal, boys—we need to get these packages shipped by the end of the day.
See also: metal, pedal, put

pedal to the metal

1. Drive as fast as you can; push the accelerator down. We're going to be late—pedal to the medal!
2. Do something with maximum speed or effort. Pedal to the metal, boys—we need to get these packages shipped by the end of the day.
See also: metal, pedal

with the pedal to the metal

1. Pressing down the accelerator (of an automobile) as far as possible in order to accelerate to or travel at the maximum speed. With the pedal to the metal, we peeled away from the bank and sped off onto the highway.
2. By extension, with maximum speed or effort. We packed the last of the shipments with the pedal to the metal so we could get done on time.
See also: metal, pedal

soft pedal

That which dampens, diminishes, or downplays the importance or impact of something. Hyphenated if used before a noun as a modifier. It's unsurprising to me that the board decided to apply a soft pedal to our plans for expansion, giving the recent uncertainty in the market. The president's plan has been criticized as a soft-pedal approach to dealing with the potential of nuclear weapons in an already turbulent region.
See also: pedal, soft

soft-pedal (something)

To dampen, diminish, or downplay the importance or impact of something. An allusion to the dampening effects of a piano's soft pedal. You really need to soft-pedal your rhetoric if you want to win over enough mainstream voters to get re-elected. The university has been soft-pedaling its association with the controversial activist in recent months.

put the pedal to the metal

Sl. to press a car's accelerator to the floor; to drive very fast. Let's go, man. Put the pedal to the metal. Put the pedal to the metal, and we'll make up some lost time.
See also: metal, pedal, put

soft-pedal something

to play something down; to de-emphasize something. (Alludes to the soft pedal on the piano, which reduces the volume.) Try to soft-pedal the problems we have with the cooling system. I won't soft-pedal anything. Everyone must know the truth.

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]
See also: pedal, soft

put the pedal to the metal

INFORMAL
If you put the pedal to the metal, you do something with as much speed and effort as possible. He is putting the pedal to the metal to deal with his critics. Note: Other verbs such as keep and have are sometimes used instead of put. Our players kept the pedal to the metal all season long. Note: This expression comes from the idea of pressing a car's accelerator (= pedal that makes it go faster).
See also: metal, pedal, put

with the pedal to the metal

with the accelerator of a car pressed to the floor. North American informal
See also: metal, pedal

keep/put the ˌpedal to the ˈmetal

(American English, informal)
1 drive a car quickly: Look, we’re running a little late so we kind of need to put the pedal to the metal.
2 work hard; try to do something quickly: If we really put the pedal to the metal, Canada’s economy could certainly produce a third more than it does today.
Pedal in this idiom refers to the flat bar in a car that you press with your foot in order to make the car move more quickly (= the accelerator/gas pedal). The metal is the floor of the car.
See also: keep, metal, pedal, put

put the pedal to the metal

tv. to press a car’s accelerator to the floor; to floor it. Put the pedal to the metal, and we’re out of here.
See also: metal, pedal, put

soft pedal something

tv. to play something down; to de-emphasize something. (Refers to the soft pedal on the piano.) Try to soft pedal the problems we have with the cooling system.
See also: pedal, soft, something
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Although they were ostensibly aimed at children, most of these pedal cars were just as well made as their full-sized brethren, with enamelled steel bodies, opening bonnets and boots, working brakes, steering and headlights, leather seats and adjustable pedals.
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The most obvious vehicle factors associated with pedal errors were identified and largely corrected in 1990 when brake-to-shift interlocks (BTSI) became mandatory (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 114).
Personal cycling shoes with cleats fixed to clipless pedals (RXS, Times, Nevers, France or Keo, Look, Nevers, France) were used in the clipless condition and personal standard jogging shoes were put to a standard pedal with no attachment in the simple pedal condition.
The pedal could also let drivers know when the combustion engine is about to take over from the electric motor in hybrid cars, so they can lighten the t pressure on the pedal, said the company.
For example, it must be emphasized that the pedal is not meant to be a cloak to cover one's poor choice of fingering.
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Her Healthy Tots, Happy Tots group to encourage healthy lifestyles, funded by Save the Children and later Comic Relief, has partnered with Drumchapel LIFE to become one of two local Play on Pedals "Hero Organisations", alongside voluntary-led bike shop Wheel Fix It.
While neurotransmitters in central ganglia neurons have been described, little is known about the neuronal innervation or neurotransmitters in the pedal sole that could be involved in locomotion by muscular waves.
During the check, the right rudder pedal didn't work and both pedals froze in the centered position.
Have your mechanic adjust the brakes when the pedal free travel is more than 6 1/4 inches with the parking brake disengaged.
An extensive collection of rare pedal tractors--the subject of a Bill Vossler article in this issue of Farm Collector--is rich fodder for nostalgic reflections.
Used to control machinery and other equipment, the switches are available in KG thermoplastic and KR metal models, with or without pedal protection cover.
MILLBURY - Jonathan Gualdarrama, 5, of Millbury, and Kaitlyn Woolard, 6, of Spencer have been named Pedal Partners for the 33rd annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge.