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    under the table

    What is the proper and the correct way to say that someone is planning secretively or cooking under the table all along, by deceiving people in certain ways but doing something else on the open.
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    Re: under the table

    Quote Originally Posted by alexka View Post
    What is the proper and the correct way to say that someone is planning secretively or cooking under the table all along, by deceiving people in certain ways but doing something else on the open.
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    He portrayed himself as an honest politician, but he accepted payoffs under the table.

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    Re: under the table

    I am unfamiliar with the idiom "cooking under the table." Is it a direct translation from an idiom in your language?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: under the table

    Yes it is. I was trying to find similar or equivalent words in English. It means that someone with double faced. He tells you and all people around you that he is helping you but secretly helping you enemy.

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    Re: under the table

    Quote Originally Posted by alexka View Post
    Yes it is. I was trying to find similar or equivalent words in English. It means that someone with double faced. He tells you and all people around you that he is helping you but secretly helping you enemy.
    It is similar in English, but not with "cooking".

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    Re: under the table

    The only "under the table" I know and would understand means to take money without declaring if for tax purposes.

    He was double-dealing.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: under the table

    Quote Originally Posted by alexka View Post
    Yes it is. I was trying to find similar or equivalent words in English. It means that someone with double faced was two-faced. He tells you and all people everybody around you that he is helping you but he is secretly helping your enemy.
    We also say he was accepting bribes or taking backhanders.

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