I took the expression from the picture.

picture of a wolf with text

Stay low key. Not everyone needs to know everything about you.
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Can't understand the expression "Stay low key." Please explain how a native English speaker understand this phrase.

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low-key (Merriam-Webster):

quiet and relaxed : not very forceful, emotional, or noticeable

Deriving from that definition, to stay low-key means to not draw attention to yourself. Such behaviours that would fall under that would include not being too loud in how you speak, not getting into arguments with people, not taking a stand on issues and so on.

  • Do we can Express it in other words? For example: "to remain reserved". Commented May 22, 2017 at 6:32
  • @Владимир It's always dependent on context, but yes, that could be used in place of low-key. Commented May 22, 2017 at 6:38

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