counter noun definition in In the store topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

counter

 noun: In the store topic
a long flat surface over which goods are sold or business is done in a shop/store, bank, etc. I asked the woman behind the counter if they had any postcards.goods, especially medicines, for sale over the counter can be bought without a prescription (= written permission from a doctor to buy a medicine) or special licence These tablets are available over the counter.goods that are bought or sold under the counter are sold secretly and sometimes illegally Pornography may be legally banned but it is still available under the counter.

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