counter

counter coun‧ter [ˈkaʊntə ǁ -ər] noun [countable]
1. COMMERCE the place where you are served in a shop, bank etc:

• Please pay at the checkout counter.

ˈtrade ˌcounter COMMERCE
a part of a shop, factory, or website where a business can buy goods for less than the usual price in shops:

• Orders can be placed via our website trade counter.

2. across/​over the counter COMMERCE if something can be done or obtained across or over the counter, it can be done easily in a shop, bank etc without making special arrangements:

• You can also withdraw and deposit money across the counter in any of our branches just by presenting your card.

3. under the counter COMMERCE something that is kept or sold under the counter can only be obtained illegally or unofficially — see also bean counter

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counter UK US /ˈkaʊntər/ noun [C] COMMERCE
the place where customers go to be served or to buy goods in a store: »

Please pay at the counter.

»

You will find rolls on the bread counter.

»

the checkout counter

»

He serves behind the counter at the local deli.

across/over the counter — Cf. over the counter
under the counter — Cf. under the counter
See also BARGAINING CHIP(Cf. ↑bargaining chip), BEAN COUNTER(Cf. ↑bean counter), OVER-THE-COUNTER(Cf. ↑over-the-counter), TRADE COUNTER(Cf. ↑trade counter)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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