Focus on the pronunciation of counter
English definition of “counter”
/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 › 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.
under the counter › goods or services that are sold or available under the counter can be bought or obtained secretly and sometimes illegally: Pirate DVDs are available under the counter in pubs and clubs everywhere. under-the-counter deals → See also bargaining chip, bean counter, over-the-counter, trade counter