Meaning of soft pedal
- Also calleda pedal, as on a piano, for reducing tonal volume.
- something that restrains or dampens: to put a soft pedal on one's enthusiasm.
Pronunciation: (sôft"ped'l, soft"-), [key]
— v., -aled, -al•ing -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.