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soft-pedal

a foot-operated lever on a piano, the left one of two, that either moves the whole action closer to the strings so that the hammers strike with less force or causes fewer of the strings to sound
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Flaying the Prosecution Departments 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.
And society prefers to soft pedal the nature of these violent crimes by blaming them on celibacy or sexual immaturity.
With one eye on tomorrow night's FA Cup second round replay at home to Woking, Northwich tended to soft pedal in the later stages when manager Steve Burr rang the changes.
Those are COA euphemisms meant to soft pedal the fact that the FTAA will devastate our domestic market and stir a major backlash, as the American public comes to grasp its full implications.