[ uhn-der-th uh-tey-buh l ]
/ ˈʌn dər ðəˈteɪ bəl /
transacted in secret or in an underhanded manner.
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confidential, covert, classified, secretive, surreptitious, furtive, hush-hush, restricted, unauthorized, clandestine, hidden, undercover, conspiratorial, close, inside, sneak, backstairs, backdoor, secret, privy
Origin of under-the-table
First recorded in 1945–50
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Examples from the Web for under-the-table
The existing industry is built on crime and under-the-table economics.
They were not more than four or five inches thick, but that is the ideal height for an under-the-table cushion.The House in Good Taste|Elsie de Wolfe