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under the table

Definition of under the table

  1. —used to describe a situation in which a worker is being paid in a secret and illegal way in order to avoid paying taxes <They were paying her under the table.> <He's working under the table.>



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

tableplay
  1. :  tablet

    :  backgammon

    :  one of the two leaves of a backgammon board or either half of a leaf

  1. :  to enter in a table

    :  to place on the agenda

    :  to remove (as a parliamentary motion) from consideration indefinitely

  1. :  suitable for a table or for use at a table

    :  suitable for serving at a table

    :  proper for conduct at a table


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