Down-low (sexual slang)  

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Down-low is a slang term that refers generically to keeping something private. Use of "Down-low" to refer to closeted homosexuality evolved from the earlier use (as in "keep it on the down-low").

More recently it has been used to describe the behavior of men who have sex with other men, as well as with women, but who do not identify as gay or bisexual. The term has its origins in African American slang but such behavior is not exclusive to that group. The term was popularized in the late 1990s and after by a series of mainstream media reports emphasizing the danger of such men transmitting AIDS to their unsuspecting female partners.

It is used as a noun, adjective and adverb all pertaining to keeping information secret. Cassell's Dictionary of Slang even records "d.l.c." as a down-low conversation.

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