under the table

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under the table

  1. (adjectival and adverbial) Secret(ly), covert(ly), undisclosed(ly).
    The payment was under the table.
    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.
    • 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. Used other than as an idiom: see under,‎ table.

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