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low-key

1. Modest and restrained, often intentionally to avoid being conspicuous, loud, wild, etc. It's just going to be a little, low-key gathering with friends, no big deal. I'm trying to keep news of my promotion low-key, so as not to upset some of my co-workers.
2. Not exhibiting much energy or enthusiasm; mellow, subdued, or melancholy. You seem pretty low-key today. Everything OK?
3. Describing something that is done or felt in a subtle way. I'm low-key failing this class and don't want anyone to know. I'm kind of low-key in love with him.

low-key

mod. not obvious; not hyped. Let’s try to keep this low-key so as not to upset the family.
References in classic literature ?
inquired a man's voice, pitched cautiously in a low key.
Raoul had been a little annoyed by this cold and cautious reception, and his voice insensibly sank to a low key.
It was most probably the latter, for he was growling in a low key, and occasionally showing his teeth, in a manner that would have terrified his mistress, had she not so well known his good qualities.
Low key can be great, low key can be beautifully subtle and satisfying - but low key can also be dull, dreary and leave you thinking: "So what?
DAVID PIPE has high hopes Low Key can go one better in the Cesarewitch than than Mamlook, who finished second in the HQ stamina test six years ago.
It starts, well, low key but slowly builds into a crescendo that comes crashing down with the phrase so happy ringing in our ears.
Following a large number of scandals and instances of mismanagement that made a number of banks still reliant on public money, many lenders in 2013 have decided to keep Christmas celebrations low key.
Tower told us to report the numbers and expect to break at the upwind numbers because of a T-45 approaching right low key.
It will be very low key with family and close friends.
Many Colored Kite is a cracker, with Olson's low key musings on life and love proving a hugely rewarding listen which gets better with every play.
Anne married her second husband, naval officer Commander Timothy Laurence, in a low key ceremony in 1992, after her first marriage to fellow equestrian Lieutenant (later Captain) Mark Phillips ended in divorce after 19 years.
But the 20-year-old insists it won't happen this week because he wants to keep his build-up low key.
The buyer, a low key local developer, is currently keeping his options open with the site.
A Red Dragon FM spokeswoman said: 'We have been giving away pairs of tickets for a really low key concert.
A great, low key place to hear New Orleans jazz by local artists is Preservation Hall (726 St.
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