under-the-counter

adjective

Definition of under-the-counter 

: surreptitious and usually irregular or illicit under-the-counter liquor sales

First Known Use of under-the-counter

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for under-the-counter

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

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