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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.
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Ashkettle: We announced a merger [recently] and stood with an investment analyst who told the CEO of that company and me that this was one of the most creative things he'd ever seen done in the business, that this was sure to be successful, and that we had soft-pedaled the savings.
Even after the leaders of the AFL-CIO spent scads of millions of dollars and, worse, soft-pedaled criticism of Clinton's many betrayals to ensure his reelection, he repaid them by nominating as Secretary of Labor a party operative with no history of connection to the labor movement, who lists working to pass NAFTA and the hideous crime bill as her big accomplishments of Clinton Administration I.
Even Sarkisian soft-pedaled the feeling about facing his alma mater.
In a bid to win the support of middle-of-the-road voters and to placate China, Chen soft-pedaled on his advocacy of Taiwanese independence, which he used as a plank in his election campaign platform.
Corrigan reacted quickly to promote Gavrielov to EVP of LSI's products group, and soft-pedaled the impact of Halla's departure.
According to sources, it seems the production company (Intersport of Chicago) soft-pedaled the felony drug and weapons arrest of co-captain Jermaine Brooks, who was busted the week the cameras were in town.
For a while, movies soft-pedaled high-performance and racing cars.
It looks like they have soft-pedaled the character of Evita.
Osiander might have soft-pedaled his team's struggles when he attributed them in good part to bad luck, although that has been part of it.