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downplay

[doun-pley] /ˈdaʊnˌpleɪ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to treat or speak of (something) so as to reduce emphasis on its importance, value, strength, etc.:
The press has downplayed the president's role in the negotiations.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; down1 + play, from verb phrase play down
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British Dictionary definitions for down-play

downplay

/ˈdaʊnˌpleɪ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to play down; make little of
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Word Origin and History for down-play

downplay

v.

"de-emphasize," 1968, from down (adv.) + play (v.). Related: Downplayed; downplaying.

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downplay

verb

To deemphasize; minimize; soft-pedal: They're downplaying the role of bias in all this (1968+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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