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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Examples from the Web for deep down

Historical Examples of deep down

  • There was a deep-down vibration in her tone for the first time.

    The Arrow of Gold

    Joseph Conrad

  • Tom knew what purity meant, a deep-down purity like the earth itself.

    The Hive

    Will Levington Comfort

  • I was still to understand it, and the deep-down scare in his eyes.

  • Nor will his deep-down love for you hinder him like it will hinder you.

    Lin McLean

    Owen Wister

  • Rebecca Mary on the woodshed floor sat and thought "deep-down" thoughts.

    Rebecca Mary

    Annie Hamilton Donnell