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DL (1)

noun; acronym
stands for "down low," referring to a secret, hidden place, presumably buried/underground. Usually, the term is used when a person wishes to keep certain information a secret. By requesting that one "keep it on the DL," a person is metaphorically asking that sensitive information be kept quiet. Originally, the full phrase down low was used (first heard in the early 2000s), but this was eventually shortened to simply DL sometime in the mid 2000s.
 
I'm not supposed to tell you this, so promise you will keep it on the DL.
Etymology : acronym meaning Down Low
Source : secret-sharing friends
Last modified: 8 December 2010


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