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]

Words Nearby deep down

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How to use deep down in a sentence

  • Somehow, I knew deep down in my own heart, ill versed as I was in such things, that I should never send her such a gift myself.

  • But I also know that there's something deep down in that man's soul that calls to something deep down in mine.

    Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
  • Besides, deep down in her heart—as in father John's—lay a feeling of wounded pride.

    Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
  • He saw all that, and he saw the sleeping tenderness in her eyes; deep-down it slept, under dark blue veils.

    The Creators | May Sinclair
  • She too hides somewhere, deep down, a poor fettered thing that would gladly join the revel, if it dared.