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- adv. Through direct trade; outside a standard stock exchange.
- adv. (able to be obtained) without a doctor's prescription.
- adv. Legitimately (as opposed to under the counter).
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Something about him suggested carpetbags to Claire although a quick glance over the counter showed only a perfectly normal, gray nylon suitcase.
The ticket clerk, a tall man with a kind of Shakespearean-type beard, almost like Prospero’s in the Rockwell Kent illustration, rubbed his fuzzy chin while he peered over the counter at the four of them.
Vaulted back over the counter and stepped to the back of the store and opened the wired glass cabinet.
A totally bilingual CPA, he began working in Lanzagorta at sixteen by selling over the counter when the group was a modest industrial supply business his father had founded in 1931.
She’d drag Juan to the Bank of America, lean over the counter to tell her favorite teller, a young, sassy gordita with mushroom-cloud hair named Duchess, about the new mini-malls destined to take over Echo Park.