lead a double life


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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 ?
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.