under-the-counter[un′dər t̸hə ko̵un′tər]
Informal done, sold, given, etc. secretly in an unlawful or unethical way
Transacted, given, or sold illicitly.
- 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.
- under the counter