on the down low

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on the down low

1. In a state of secrecy or minimal public knowledge; being known only by a select few people. 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. In 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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He's back at work with his new girlfriend, but they're keeping their romance on the downlow as her old boyfriend's still around.
Clearly they are keeping it on the downlow," the source added.
The 36-year-old has kept her love life on the downlow since divorcing music boss TOMMY MOTTOLA.
On campus, young black men in a university studies class were candid with Rhoden about keeping relationships with white women "on the downlow." The choreographer also drew stories from the six dancers he selected from UM's student troupe, Mississippi: The Dance Company, who shared a belief that their generation would make the difference.