over the counter
by ordinary retail purchase, with no need for a prescription or licence
Related Idioms :
run or ride against the direction taken by an animal or person hunted or sought
In Britain, the variants hunt counter and run counter are also found.
under the counter = under the table
(with reference to goods bought or sold) surreptitiously and usually illegally
1994 - Coarse Fishing Today - The obvious danger is that river fish will be pinched and flogged under the counter.
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