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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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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.
Pc Daniel Aimson "revelled" in his double life - even wearing a Breaking Bad T-shirt as he posed at his secret cannabis farms, a court heard.
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.
She loves the anonymity of her double life and the fact that her blog's followers understand and do not judge her.
I think she probably already knew he had this side to him and may have been leading a double life herself for some time.
Scandal is saying one thing and doing another; it is a double life.
On one of BLF's projects, I mentioned to Cecilia that my father wrote a book, Double Life Sentence, which has six chapters of award-winning reportage on the war.
Double life exposed in farce THE Ray Cooney Farce Run For Your Wife is the spring production by Halifax Thespians and can be seen at the Playhouse Theatre, King Cross, from Tuesday until Saturday, March 15 to 19.
Critique: An impressively researched and exceptionally well written, organized and presented biography, "The Double Life of Laurence Oliphant: Victorian Pilgrim and Prophet" is an uncommonly informative and thoroughly absorbing read from beginning to end.
That's perhaps more evident in her latest book, The Double Life of Liliane, than ever before.