under-the-table :

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  • s  designed and carried out secretly or confidentially
    has their under-the-table backing

  • Last week, government agents arrested two former television producers for accepting under-the-table payments guaranteeing TV appearances to aspiring singers and musicians.
  • Most under-the-table payments abroad had apparently gone to shadowy intermediaries, lower-or middle-level government officials, or chiefs of small developing countries that had .
  • But most Iraqi refugees aren't legally allowed to work in Lebanon, and those who do usually take menial under-the-table jobs such as washing cars for $14 a day.

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