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deep down

At bottom, basically. For example, Deep down she was a rebel, or Although he would never admit it, deep down he was very fond of her. [ c. 1900 ]
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  • deep down in a shaft, or in an ice-cavern, the sapphire reflection gives to the human face quite a ghastly pallor.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • I don't mean superficially, but deep down in your vitals, what would you say?

    Echoes of the War J. M. Barrie
  • deep down in your heart there must be some wish you cherish.

    Ted and the Telephone Sara Ware Bassett
  • But all the time, deep down in his heart, he knows that he will be present.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • deep down among the coral rocks you saw little coloured fish swim.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham

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