One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(with reference to goods bought or sold) surreptitiously and typically illegally.‘hard porn is legally banned, but still available under the counter’as modifier ‘an under-the-counter deal’
- ‘Children in our country are exposed to many more sexual images in television ads - especially those selling beer - than in raunchy magazines sold under the counter.’
- ‘There is also a huge market for smuggled cigarettes with many legitimate retailers selling them under the counter.’
- ‘However, they are now being sold under the counter from street stalls in the city.’
- ‘Cigarettes would be sold only under the counter if plans being considered by Scottish ministers are implemented.’
- ‘The trouble now is that black supermarket, selling to all with cash under the table.’
- ‘It's all above board, like, all legit, no under the counter chuff.’
- ‘There is so much underhanded stuff, people are being paid off under the table.’
- ‘That is why all sorts of deals are going on under the table and is the second reason why fathers are not named.’
- ‘The decoder kit was available under the counter at all the hippest book stores, cafés, and nightclubs.’
- ‘‘Well anything you can do for us over the counter, or under the counter would be great,’ appealed Paddy Bracken.’
- ‘The Chinatown store that sold them under the table recently went out of business.’
- ‘It was compared to a donkey's tail, frowned on as a symbol of Western decadence and sold only under the counter.’
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