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On the DL

Posted by BL on September 17, 2007

I was looking for the phrase "On the DL" (On the down low) but you didn't have it listed. I found "On the QT" which is very similar. I am curious as to how "On the DL" came to be. It is used most commonly when referring to extramarital affairs but more specifically to affairs that are homo-sexual in nature.

In General reference "Lets keep this on the DL" Same as "on the QT"
Referring to an affair "I have been seeing her on the DL"
Referring to a homo-sexual affair "He has been creepin on DL"