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Re: On the DL

Posted by Brian from Shawnee on September 18, 2007

In Reply to: Re: On the DL posted by ESC 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.
: : Examples:

: : 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"

: See http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/35/messages/1561.html

Funny, but as a baseball fan when I see the phrase "on the DL" I think "on the disabled list". A player on the Disabled List sits out games for a specified number of days due to injury, during which time he can be temporarily replaced on the major league roster by a minor leaguer.