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under the table

1. Secretly (often because what is being done is illegal). Because I get paid under the table, no taxes come out of my paycheck.
2. Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really under the table!
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

under the table

1. In secret.
2. Into a completely intoxicated state: drank themselves under the table.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

under the table

Secret and dishonest. This term alludes to money literally being passed under a table in some dishonest transaction, such as a bribe or cheating at cards. During Prohibition, there arose a variant, under the counter, alluding to illegal liquor sales. Later, during World War II, this same term applied to rationed or black-market items kept there by storekeepers for favored customers.
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