the down low

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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She points out that this is worse than the down low single-digit trend she's currently modeling.
The Down Low Chicken Shack is one of the first Nashville-style hot chicken joints to open up in Vancouver.
We enjoyed our meal at The Down Low Chicken try, especially if you like Shack.
They are keeping this on the down low and want everything to progress well before they can announce anything.'
The model, 23, wore a huge rock on the red carpet and said: "I'm really excited, he asked me right before season started so we've been keeping it on the down low for quite a while, so I'm excited to finally be able to share it with the world."
Yo to playing polo and a spa on the down low has " The star, who has battled booze and drugs, enjoyed a low-key sta at posh Coworth Park, an 18th century pile on the edge of Windsor Great Park that has hosted royalty and gives Downton Abbey a run for its money.
Since getting pregnant with her journalist hubby Rami Radwan, Donia has stayed on the down low , deferring from making any public appearance and turning down all other work offers.
Even if it is just a meet up on the down low, and makeup sessions in crowded nightclubs when they think no one is looking.
In the Eastbay, there are two spots offering salsa: Montero's Mexican Restaurant in Albany (on Fridays and Saturdays), and DJ Fab Fred's The Down Low in Berkeley (Wednesday nights), where the top bands play and the clubs are supported by locals and folks who drive in from outlying suburban cities.
While some AIDS advocates disagree, Evans says many of the men who attend these parties are on the down low and shun condoms because they associate using them with being unmasculine.
Double lives on the down low. The New York Times, SM 28-33, 48, 52-53.
Is the professor's current posture as a strolling science lecturer a clever ruse to keep some of his secret processes on the down low? When last seen in public, Schmitt was dispensing such rhetorical wisdom as, "How many skateboards can come out of an 80-year-old 17-foot tree?
AUTHOR-ACTIVIST Keith Boykin's latest book, Beyond the Down Low, published early this year by Carroll & Graf, explores an underground subculture of men who engage in same-sex sexual activity in secret while projecting a heterosexual public image.
ON THE UP AND UP: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR WOMEN LIVING WITH MEN ON THE DOWN LOW (Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., $21), by Brenda Stone Browder, the ex-wife of On the Down Low author J.L.
Much of what has been written about the down low has been typically racist in its dialogue around black male sexuality, though it has traded in a white female victim for a black one.