in open sight; without tricks, concealment, or disguise: Their actions are open and aboveboard.
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How to use aboveboard in a sentence
Even those who support union with Russia guffaw when asked whether the referendum will be above board.
The benign one, given above board and never kept in cans of Miller Lite, is corticosteroids.Where Were the Doctors to Testify at Roger Clemens’s Perjury Trial? | Kent Sepkowitz | June 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Camp Jan Brewer, in the meantime, assures all that the new Bible-civ class will be constitutional and above board.Governor Brewer Throws Arizona Base a Bone by Signing Bible Law | Terry Greene Sterling | April 19, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But if the same forensic expert confirms that the forensics were above board, then the convictions will surely stand.
So these two frauds said they'd go and fetch it up, and have everything square and above-board; and told me to come with a candle.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
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If there's anything that I do despise above board, it's a woman trying to train a man who loves her.Sevenoaks | J. G. Holland
Finley watched closely while he listened, and saw that in this matter at least all was above board.The Phantom of the River | Edward S. Ellis
They accepted her as the avenging champion; she at least was above-board and never resorted to trick or artifice.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall | W. R. H. Trowbridge
British Dictionary definitions for above board
in the open; without dishonesty, concealment, or fraud
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Other Idioms and Phrases with aboveboard
see open and aboveboard.
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