This page is about the phrasal verb play down
to try to make something seem less important or less damaging than it really is
- play down sth The government's spokesman tried to play down the worsening economic data.
- play sth down When he told his parents he was being sent to fight in Iraq, he tried to play the dangers down by saying he was going to a peaceful area.
If somebody tries to play down something that they've done, it's probably because they feel
Contributor: Matt Errey