Keep a low profile

verb phrase

To stay inconspicuous; try not to attract much attention: Better keep a low profile until this blows over

[1975+; originally a military term, based on the idea of offering a small target; low profile is found by the 1960s]
Stay out of public notice, avoid attracting attention to oneself. For example, Until his appointment becomes official, Ted is keeping a low profile. This expression alludes to profile in the sense of “a visible contour,” a usage dating from the 1600s. [ Late 1900s ]


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