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deep down

At bottom, basically. For example, Deep down she was a rebel, or Although he would never admit it, deep down he was very fond of her. [ c. 1900 ]
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  • I don't mean superficially, but deep down in your vitals, what would you say?

    Echoes of the War J. M. Barrie
  • But deep down in my heart there was naught but presages of evil.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • He had himself a long fiery drink, and it warmed him deep down.

    The Hoofer Walter M. Miller
  • Just what I did, and deep down in a crack, where it must have slid, so nobody noticed it!

  • But all the time, deep down in his heart, he knows that he will be present.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett

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