under the table

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under the table

  1. (adjectival) Secret; covert; undisclosed.
    • 2015, Elizabeth Royte, Vultures Are Revolting. Here’s Why We Need to Save Them., National Geographic (December 2015)[1]
      The men tie up their dogs, retrieve what’s left of the lion’s kill, and sprinkle it with a generic form of Furadan, a cheap, fast-acting pesticide that’s readily available under the table.
  2. (adverbial) Secretly; covertly; undisclosedly.
    I was paid under the table, so I didn't have to pay taxes on the income but I couldn't complain when I was cheated.
  3. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see under,‎ table.


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