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soft-pedal

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsoft-pedalˌsoft-ˈpedal verb (soft-pedalled, soft-pedalling British English, soft-pedaled, soft-pedaling American English) [transitive] 🔊 🔊 informalUNIMPORTANT to make something seem less important or less urgent than it really is→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
soft-pedalThe studios soft-pedal the rivalry between their animation departments.
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Verb table
soft-pedal
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theysoft-pedal
he, she, itsoft-pedals
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theysoft-pedalled (BrE)
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave soft-pedalled
he, she, ithas soft-pedalled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad soft-pedalled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill soft-pedal
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have soft-pedalled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam soft-pedalling
he, she, itis soft-pedalling
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you, we, theyare soft-pedalling
Past
I, he, she, itwas soft-pedalling
you, we, theywere soft-pedalling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been soft-pedalling
he, she, ithas been soft-pedalling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been soft-pedalling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be soft-pedalling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been soft-pedalling
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