under-the-counter

adjective
un·​der-the-count·​er | \ ˈən-dər-ṯẖə-ˈkau̇n-tər How to pronounce under-the-counter (audio) \

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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The first known use of under-the-counter was in 1926

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under-the-counter

under (the) cover of darkness/night

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“Under-the-counter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/under-the-counter. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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