Definitions for under-the-counter
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(of merchandise) sold clandestinely.
Origin of under-the-counter:
done or sold illicitly and secretly;
Illicit, obtained or sold furtively.
The village shop seemed to be a bastion of respectability but those in the know could obtain some very questionable under-the-counter material.
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