(With reference to goods bought or sold) surreptitiously and typically illegally: certain labs have been peddling this drug under the counter [as adjective]: an under-the-counter deal
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- There is also a huge market for smuggled cigarettes with many legitimate retailers selling them under the counter.
- The Chinatown store that sold them under the table recently went out of business.
- 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.