One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘we have been guilty of understating the size of the problem’
play down, downplay, make light of, underrate, rate too low, not do justice to, do an injustice to, underplay, de-emphasize, underemphasize, trivialize, minimize, diminish, downgrade, reduce, lessen, brush aside, gloss over, shrug off
informal soft-pedal, sell short
rare misprize, minify
overstate, exaggerate, emphasize
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