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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.
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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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Passing for straight: Brothers who secretly have sex with men explain their attraction, plus women talk about the price of loving a man on the down low. Essence, 156-161, 210.
How were these guys supposed to be on the down low and then walking around town with a white gay reporter for The New York Times?
In addition to scoring from both outside and inside, the posting down low also paid additional dividends by forcing Bartlett star scorer Austin Gates (12 points, 7 rebounds) into foul trouble.
Mohamad Fuzi said Malaysian police have yet to verify the information, but added this would make tracking down Low tougher.
Add sliced leeks, season, turn the heat down low and let them cook in the butter and their own juices, stirring twice, for about 5 minutes.
Angle the knife blade down low so more than just the tip of the blade is doing the cutting.
The Saddlers were the better side after the break and could have gone ahead, but Gary Woods did well to get down low to keep out Jamie Paterson's effort.
"We tried to pound the ball down low, and we had some success," he said.
THE Florrie in Dingle hosts the fourth annual Bend Down Low Community Dance Showcase this weekend.
The well-intentioned banter soon was gone A gentle shove, the deed was done Now softened sound and lights down low At last arrived a rosy glow Then suddenly amid the gloom Beside the bed and in the room A stretcher and a trolley Voices asking "Please get on" I did not feel so jolly The sounds of moving trolleys Were music to my ears An angel stood before me To banish all my fears Am I in heaven, I asked the vision And ready to meet the Lord?
"My height has presented a few challenges, like when trying to get down low into rucks.
"We think this explains MillerCoors's intraquarter weakening of STRs, which were down low single-digits in July and down 4.0% for the quarter and better STR performance by premiums than subpremiums.
There's an essential take on Jimmy Osborn's 1948 hit My Heart Echoes, with subtle back-up harmonies from Iris DeMent, and balancing the old chestnuts is self-penned Down Low, one of Thompson's finest yet.
You just couldn't resist the opportunity to link "men of color"--your euphemism for black men--to "down low" sex and the implication that we are spreaders of this disease, could you?