across/over the counter


across/over the counter
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across/over the counter
goods or services that are sold or available over the counter can be bought or obtained without needing official permission, for example, from a doctor or someone in authority: »

Bonds are sold over the counter, with prices quoted privately to the client.

»

Regulators declined permission for the remedy to be sold over the counter.

Main Entry: counter
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over the counter UK US adverb
See COUNTER(Cf. ↑counter)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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