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lead a double life

To keep part of one's life hidden, especially a part that would not be approved of. For years, he led a double life, shacking up with another women while his family remained in the dark about everything. The movie is about a mother and father who lead a double life as secret agents.
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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.
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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.
Summary: Kottayam (Kerala) [India], Aug 27 (ANI): The principal sessions court here on Tuesday sentenced all 10 convicted in the Dalit-Christian youth Kevin Joseph murder case to double life imprisonment.
"I'm devastated to find out in the last few days that he was living a double life."
Many of them rely on a chilling ability to lead a double life - respectable and humane in appearance but deeply twisted on the inside.
Former detective Mark Williams-Thomas believes serial killers used the 'double life strategy' to help cover their crimes from their loved ones.
A WIDOW was stunned to find secret papers revealing her husband led a double life as a spy.
Her latest novel, The Lady Killer, draws from aspects of her own rich personal experience to add colorful realism to the extraordinarily eerie mystery of a man's double life and the dizzying consequences of his role in the underbelly of Tokyo's nightclubs.
A DOUBLE LIFE by Flynn Berry, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, PS14.99 (ebook PS7.99) HHH HH LOOSELY based on the infamous Lord Lucan case and his disappearance, A Double Life starts off as a page-turning thriller.
A POLICE officer who led a Breaking Bad-style double life as the head of a conspiracy to flood North Wales and Manchester with drugs has been jailed.
Madison Nakama feels as if she is leading a double life. By day, she helps take care of her special needs fifteen-year-old sister, Sarah, while trying to finish her online coursework so she can graduate with her class in June.