play down

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To make or attempt to make something seem less important, likely, or obvious

During the wave of anti-immigrant sentiment, Miguel played down his immigrant status by removing Chicano patois from his speech and adopting the nickname Mike..

To minimize the significance of; downplay
If you play down something, you try to make people believe that it is not particularly important. Western diplomats have played down the significance of the reports Both London and Dublin are playing the matter down. play up
de-emphasize, make less important
understate the importance or quality of; "he played down his royal ancestry"
play down a possibility
underrate the chances, show the attitude of disdain toward the possibility
Any match that is part of a playoff
play down