under the table

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - under the table

"under the table"

transacted in secret often illegally


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - under the table

"under the table"

in a completely alcohol intoxicated state


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - under the table

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I thought you were on a disability pension.

Friend 2:  I am.

Friend 1:  So what are you doing working? Won't the money you make affect your pension?

Friend 2:  My employer is paying me under the table so I don't have to report the income.

Friend 1:  Isn't that illegal?

Friend 2:  Yes, but everyone does it.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - under the table

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Where is Bob?

Friend 2:  He passed out. I drank him under the table.

Friend 1:  You guys and your need to see who can drink the most alcohol.

Friend 2:  Never mind. We were having fun.

under the table - Usage:


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under the table - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for under the table.

under the table - Examples:

1)  As a result, some are forced to pay cash under the table to buy real estate.

2)  Many undocumented immigrants also find informal work paid in cash under the table, often at rates far below minimum wage, ...

3)  ... even as they do not have perks that are wrapped under the table. Everything about their worth as lawmakers is open and transparent.

4)  ... accused of 'under the table' deal for selling West King property at 'extraordinarily low' price.

5)  ... dangerous precedent to allow for potentially manipulative deals to be arranged essentially 'under the table' to benefit specific parties at the cost of the public as a whole.

6)  The man who could drink other macho actors under the table, and frequently did -- not that he would remember much of it the next ...

7)  Gone are the days of giving relief staff a bit of cash under the table. Regardless of the amount paid, PAYE must be deducted by the employer to ...

8)  Is it not true apart from hefty under the table payments on discretionary quota admissions, in most cases of routine admission a coercive donation ...

9)  If you keep the stamp duties too high, that encourages under the table real estate transactions.

10)  ... based on his idea of paying coaches under the table to have their amateur players wear Nike shoes.

11)  ... he's the life of the party, three beers and he's under the table.

12)  ... about to topple over. Her father had drunk him and his mates under the table the night before.

13)  Influence peddling and big money being passed around under the table haven't exactly been rarities in ...

14)  ... official workforce, while the remaining receive a portion of their salary "under the table" or have additional unreported earnings.

15)  ... expensive care options, she says, which may be unlicensed or "under the table."

16)  700 tons of ivory is being moved across continents. Being sold under the table. It's fuelling international crime.

17)  ... which has sought to corrupt elements of that elite with illegal, under the table campaign contributions.

18)  ... for them to operate above the law, under the table and outside the very basic standards of human decency, then we are doomed.

19)  And the judges pander to these lawyers because money has passed under the table.

20)  ... bribed the district administration to let the activities be done under the table.