under the table/counter

under the table/counter
 Secret, illegal. The phrase is associated with bribes passed under the table, the opposite being an ABOVE BOARD agreement.
 ► “In places like Jakarta or Bangkok, you often have to pay under the table or else wait three days to clear the package, says Mr. Chan.” (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 7, 1995, p. B6A)

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  • under the table — See: UNDER THE COUNTER …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • under the table — See: UNDER THE COUNTER …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • under the table — adverb 1. : into a stupor drink a man under the table five minutes serious thought about the eruption of eternity into time puts me under the table Stuart Chase 2. : under the counter : secretly buy your liquor under the table J.H.Allen …   Useful english dictionary

  • under the table — in secret and usually illegal He paid some money under the table in order to get his product exported into the country. Syn.: under the counter …   Idioms and examples

  • under the table — ► under the counter (or table) (with reference to goods bought or sold) surreptitiously and illegally. Main Entry: ↑counter …   English terms dictionary

  • under the table — 1》 informal very drunk. 2》 another term for under the counter (see counter1). → table …   English new terms dictionary

  • under\ the\ table — See: under the counter …   Словарь американских идиом

  • under-the-counter — [un′dər thətā′bəlun′dər thə koun′tər] adj. Informal done, sold, given, etc. secretly in an unlawful or unethical way: also under the table [un′dər thətā′bəl] …   English World dictionary

  • under the counter — under the table, in an illegal manner; against the law …   English contemporary dictionary

  • under the counter — adverb : in a stealthy or surreptitious manner : illicitly and privately : according to an arrangement that does not apply to a total clientele * * * under the counter phrase bought or sold secretly and illegally They sell pornography under the… …   Useful english dictionary

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