Under-the-table meaning

ŭndər-thə-tābəl
Not straightforward; secret or underhand.
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Alternative spelling of under the table; in attributive use.

He received an under-the-table payment.

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(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.

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Used other than as an idiom: see under,‎ table.
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