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over the counter

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishover the counterover the counterMDdrugs, medicines etc that are bought over the counter are ones that you can buy in a shop without a prescription from a doctor counter
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over the counterYou feel you have to cough, and you spew the liquid all over the counter and sink.Yeast remedies are available over the counter, and a physician can prescribe antibiotics for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and others.Melatonin, available over the counter, is a hormone produced inside the brain by the pineal gland.Something you could buy over the counter at a supermarket.So why are they different when met over the counter in a social security office or a housing department?You get them from the hospital or your doctor, not over the counter.A freshly painted sign over the counter put closing time at nine-thirty; the clock next to it read nine-twenty-five.Hon. Members can buy them over the counter in a chemist's shop.
over-the-counterˌover-the-ˈcounter adjective [only before noun]  1 MDover-the-counter drugs can be obtained without a prescription (=a written order) from a doctor2 American EnglishBFS (abbreviation OTC) over-the-counter business shares are ones that do not appear on an official stock exchange list
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over-the-counterObvious examples include caffeine and ephedrine, the latter being readily available to the public in over-the-counter cold remedies.We really only knew him through childhood over-the-counter dealings smiling, ever-patient, avuncular.As yet there is no formal stock exchange, although a handful of securities are traded on the over-the-counter market.Avoid over-the-counter medication containing benzoyl peroxide and alcohol - it dehydrates the area surrounding the spot.Do not spend your life taking over-the-counter medication for the slightest ache or pain.To combat chest congestion, Angol took an over-the-counter medication which contained a substance on the Olympic banned list.If you've got a cold or sore throat, they can advise which over-the-counter medicines to take.SmithKline could also benefit from Beecham's experience in selling over-the-counter medicines.