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under the counter

Definition of under the counter

  1. :  secretly and usually illegally <The workers were paid under the counter.>



Word by Word Definitions

underplay
  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

    :  below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

    :  in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. :  below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

    :  subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  facing or protruding downward

    :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

counterplay
  1. :  a piece (as of metal or plastic) used in reckoning or in games

    :  something of value in bargaining :  asset

    :  a level surface (as a table, shelf or display case) over which transactions are conducted or food is served or on which goods are displayed or work is conducted

  1. :  one that counts

    :  a device for indicating a number or amount

  1. :  to act in opposition to :  oppose

    :  offset, nullify

    :  to assert in answer

  1. :  in an opposite or wrong direction

    :  to or toward a different or opposite direction, result, or effect

  1. :  contrary, opposite

    :  the after portion of a boat from the waterline to the extreme outward swell or stern overhang

    :  the act of making an attack while parrying one (as in boxing)

  1. :  marked by or tending toward or in an opposite direction or effect

    :  given to or marked by opposition, hostility, or antipathy

    :  situated or lying opposite


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