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over the counter

Definition of over the counter in English:

1By ordinary retail purchase, with no need for a prescription or licence: [as modifier]: over-the-counter medicines
More example sentences
  • They are advertised, marketed, and sold on the Internet, as well as over the counter in ordinary retail shops.
  • Patients derive enough benefit from over the counter cough medicines to purchase them in the first place and to keep returning for more.
  • Is there any allergy medicine I can buy over the counter that won't affect my blood pressure or my prostate?
1.1(Of share transactions) taking place outside the stock exchange system.
Example sentences
  • The company's stock is not listed on any stock exchange, but it is traded over the counter.
  • After numerous downgradings, it now trades over the counter for a nickel a share.
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