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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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I'm not suggesting we soft-pedal on wrong-doing, but I think we could have done better by Adam if we had really tried.
Glenn Garvin replies: If anything, both the book In Denial and my review soft-pedal the tone of Foner's essay, which appeared in the December 1990 issue of Harper's.
Linn admirably refuses to soft-pedal the complexity of the issues involved.
Too many managers have to soft-pedal these days, in case they incur a sullen attitude from players who don't always get the best advice from elsewhere.
But there were fears Bush would soft-pedal on China's appalling record on human rights in a bid to win a powerful ally.
Despite Cardinal Winning's strong stand in Scotland, the two new English Archbishops, Cormac Murphy-O'Connor of Westminster and Vincent Nicholls of Birmingham, felt called upon to soft-pedal the changes, thereby undermining the Catholic opposition.
It's only after gun violence comes to the suburbs that we see the gun advocates scurrying to soft-pedal their message--and Congress bestirring itself.
Part of the reason may be secrecy: Mitchell says that until the government complied with his FOIA request, members of Congress could soft-pedal the impact of the tax increase on their constituents.
Of course, Bradley has a point there, because the inappropriately prepared Pacquiao was forced to soft-pedal in the closing rounds of the first encounter in order to conserve energy.
Weidmann, widely recognised to be the most hawkish member of the ECB's 23-man Governing Council, does not want the bank to intervene too strongly in tackling the bloc's economic crisis, thereby allowing governments to soft-pedal reforms.
So, for example, trade-union activists who are unable to win rank-and-file workers over to their "revolutionary" programs will apologize for Farrakhan and the protofascist militia movement, soft-pedal opposition to sexism and homophobia, support tax-cut politics, and retreat from support for reproductive freedom and aggressive policy intervention to promote racial and gender equality.
Enough teachers already seem to soft-pedal the homosexual lifestyle, to make any program with the slightest ambiguity a further danger to both student and teacher.