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under–the–counter

adjective

Definition of under–the–counter

  1. :  surreptitious and usually irregular or illicit <under–the–counter liquor sales>



Origin and Etymology of under–the–counter

from the hiding of illicit wares under the counter of stores where they are sold


First Known Use: 1926

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