under-the-table

[ uhn-der-thuh-tey-buhl ]
/ ˈʌn dər ðəˈteɪ bəl /

adjective

transacted in secret or in an underhanded manner.

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Origin of under-the-table

First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for under-the-table

under the table

adjective

(under-the-table when prenominal) done illicitly and secretly
slang drunk
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Idioms and Phrases with under-the-table

under the table

In secret, as in They paid her under the table so as to avoid taxes. This term alludes to money being passed under a table in some shady transaction, such as a bribe. [Mid-1900s] Also see under the counter.

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