lead a double life

Live as if one were two persons, usually one good and one bad. For example, They learned that his frequent travels were actually fictitious, and he was leading a double life, with a second home on the other side of town. This phrase is frequently used for a married person who establishes a second household with a lover. [Late 1800s] Also see Jekyll and Hyde.


Nearby words

  1. leacock,
  2. leacock, stephen butler,
  3. lead,
  4. lead a chase,
  5. lead a dog's life,
  6. lead acetate,
  7. lead arsenate,
  8. lead azide,
  9. lead block,
  10. lead by the nose

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