under-the-counter
adjective Etymology: from the hiding of illicit wares under the counter of stores where they are sold Date: 1926 surreptitious and usually irregular or illicit <
under-the-counter liquor sales
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • under the counter — {adv. phr.}, {informal} Secretly (bought or sold). * /That book has been banned, but there is one place you can get it under the counter./ * /The liquor dealer was arrested for selling beer under the counter to teenagers./ Also used like an… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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