under-the-table

adjective
un·​der-the-ta·​ble | \ ˈən-dər-ṯẖə-ˈtā-bəl How to pronounce under-the-table (audio) \

Definition of under-the-table

: covert and usually unlawful under-the-table payoffs

First Known Use of under-the-table

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of under-the-table was in 1948

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under the tutelage of (someone)

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“Under-the-table.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/under-the-table. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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