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under the table

 
1. Sl. intoxicated. Jed was under the table by midnight. By 3:00 in the morning, everyone was under the table.
2. Fig. secret; clandestine. (This is hyphenated before a nominal.) It was strictly an under-the-table deal. The mayor made a few bucks under the table, too.
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under the table

In secret, as in They paid her under the table so as to avoid taxes. This term alludes to money being passed under a table in some shady transaction, such as a bribe. [Mid-1900s] Also see under the counter.
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under the table

mainly AMERICAN
If you do something, especially pay or accept money, under the table, you do it secretly because it is dishonest or illegal. Athletes sometimes lied, or took money under the table. They are selling their films at the festival's market but they're doing it under the table. Note: An under-the-table payment or deal is one that is secret and dishonest or illegal. He was accused of making under-the-table payments. There will be no more under-the-table cash. Note: The usual British expression is under the counter.
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under the table

drunk to the point of unconsciousness. informal
1921 W. Somerset Maugham The Trembling of a Leaf Walker had always been a heavy drinker, he was proud of his capacity to see men half his age under the table.
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under the table

1. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Jed was under the table by midnight.
2. mod. secret; clandestine. (This is hyphenated before a nominal.) It was strictly an under-the-table deal.
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under the table

1. In secret.
2. Into a completely intoxicated state: drank themselves under the table.
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