- (of merchandise) sold clandestinely.
- illegal; unauthorized: under-the-counter payments.
Origin of under-the-counter
First recorded in 1945–50
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Related Wordsillegitimate, unauthorized, illegal, lawless, improper, illicit, nefarious, prohibited, wrongful, contraband, pirated, covert, fraudulent, surreptitious, underground, furtive, hush-hush, hidden, bootlegged, banned
Examples from the Web for under-the-counter
“Because of a few who make themselves rich from politics and under-the-counter money, all of us have to pay,” she blogged.Italy’s Politicians Revealed by P.M. as Highest Paid in Europe
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 4, 2012