1. 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.
    • 1962 United States Congressional Serial Set[1] by United States Government Printing Office
      The frequency of under-the-counter selling is most difficult to ascertain.
    • 1973, Robert Wallace Winslow, Crime in a Free Society: Selections from the President's Commission on Law
      Traffic and distribution of under-the-counter materials appears to be a very minor ... The total market in under-the-counter materials is estimated to be ...
    • 1988, Gordon Hawkins and Franklin E. Zimring, Pornography in a Free Society,
      of material classified as "under-the-counter" was being openly exhibited and openly sold.

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