Also called una corda pedal.
a pedal, as on a piano, for reducing tonal volume.
something that restrains or dampens: to put a soft pedal on one's enthusiasm.
soft-ped•alPronunciation: (sôft"ped'l, soft"-), [key]
—v., -aled, -al•ing or (esp. Brit.) -alled, -al•ling.
to use the soft pedal.
to soften the sound of by using the soft pedal.
to tone or play down; make less strong, as an idea or fact: The dean soft-pedaled the reports of cheating.
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