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the DL

1. slang A shortening of "down low," referring to a state of secrecy or minimal public knowledge. Keep this on the DL, but Janet is planning to break up with Kevin next week. My parents know about the pregnancy, but I'd like it to stay on the DL otherwise.
2. slang A shortening of "down low," referring to a state of secrecy or minimal public knowledge pertaining to the activities of a man who has sex with other men but considers himself to be heterosexual. I never thought he was gay, but then I started to hear rumors that he's on the DL.
3. A shortening of "disabled list," which, in sports, is a list of players who cannot currently play due to injury. Well, our two best players are on the DL, so I'd say our playoff chances are looking grim.
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the down low

1. slang A state of secrecy or minimal public knowledge. Keep this on the down low, but Janet is planning to break up with Kevin next week. My parents know about the pregnancy, but I'd like it to stay on the down low otherwise.
2. slang A state of secrecy or minimal public knowledge pertaining to the activities of a man who has sex with other men but considers himself to be heterosexual. I never thought he was gay, but then I started to hear rumors that he's on the down low.
See also: down, low

on the DL

In a state of secrecy or minimal public knowledge; being known only by a select few people. ("DL" is an initialism for "down low.") Keep this on the DL, but Janet is planning to break up with Kevin next week. My parents know about the pregnancy, but I'd like it to stay on the DL otherwise.
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the down low

and the DL
the information or explanation; the lowdown. (Streets.) Give me the haps. What the down low?
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the DL

verb
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on the DL

mod. as a secret; secretly; on the QT. (From down low.) She’ll get in trouble because they did it on the DL.
See also: dl, on