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down low

noun

(used with the) secrecy, low profile; a life or world of secrecy; abbr. DL; also written down-low

Examples

Keep this on the down-low.

Word Origin

1992

Usage Note

slang

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  • That down low, close to the floor, was always a current of fresher air.

    Faith Gartney's Girlhood Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • down low, so low none dream of it, lies that will make you rich.

    Jessica, the Heiress Evelyn Raymond
  • Then he happened to look over the side of the tent, which had been let down low, to allow the breeze to come in.

  • Then he held it down low again and worked it about, and picked out a second batch of much smaller stones.

    To The West George Manville Fenn
  • down low; down low; down low,” came whispered back from man to man.

    Panther Eye Roy J. Snell
  • I boil it down and strain it, then boll it down, put camphor gum and fresh lard in it, boil it down low and pour it up.

  • They made a heavy load for each canoe, and brought them down low in the water.

    The Rival Campers Ashore Ruel Perley Smith

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