under-the-counter


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un·der-the-count·er

(ŭn′dər-thə-koun′tər)
adj.
Transacted, given, or sold illicitly.

un′der-the-count′er



adj.
1. (of merchandise) sold clandestinely.
2. illegal; unauthorized: under-the-counter payments.
[1945–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.under-the-counter - done or sold illicitly and secretlyunder-the-counter - done or sold illicitly and secretly;
illegal - prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules; "an illegal chess move"
Translations

under-the-counter

[ˌʌndəðəˈkaʊntəʳ] ADJ [goods etc] → adquirido por la trastienda; [deal] → turbio, poco limpio
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