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lead a double life

to have a second, secret life that is usually not socially acceptable The investigation uncovered details of Boley's double life, including secret bank accounts and a private post office box.
Usage notes: also used with the verb live: Nobody in France seemed to really care that he lived a double life.
See also: double, lead, life

lead a double life

Live as if one were two persons, usually one good and one bad. For example, They learned that his frequent travels were actually fictitious, and he was leading a double life, with a second home on the other side of town . This phrase is frequently used for a married person who establishes a second household with a lover. [Late 1800s] Also see Jekyll and Hyde.
See also: double, lead, life
References in classic literature ?
THERE are some qualities -- some incorporate things, That have a double life, which thus is made A type of that twin entity which springs From matter and light, evinced in solid and shade.
The momentary repose which this forgetfulness thus gave the body, still further fatigued the soul, for Athos lived a double life during these wanderings of his understanding.
He himself could not help wondering at the calm of his demeanour, and for a moment felt keenly the terrible pleasure of a double life.
For the Son of Chronos has given us Frogs the power to lead a double life, dwelling at will in two separate elements; and so we both leap on land and plunge beneath the water.
I at once concluded that Straker was leading a double life, and keeping a second establishment.
Henri Fournaye and Eduardo Lucas were really one and the same person, and that the deceased had for some reason lived a double life in London and Paris.
As a child I read and that is a way of leading a double life.
ZOE Ball continues to lead her strange double life.
Smith,'' starring Ray Liotta as a family man leading a double life as a master thief.
He found himself effectively leading a double life having to keep his lifestyle from his family, his wife and obviously his employers.
The Sunday Mail revealed how McIlhargey - who helped children find foster homes - led a secret double life.
Secret Diary, released tomorrow, is the sexually - explicit story of a beautiful prostitute who leads the ultimate double life.
FAKE fireman Brian Jennings has been dumped by his fiancee after she learned of his fantasy double life.
The alternating chapters act as an apt metaphor for Camille's double life.
Sharir Dance Company founder and coartistic director Yacov Sharir leads a double life as choreographer and cyberspace pioneer.