[ uh-buhv-bawrd, -bohrd ]
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adverb, adjective
  1. in open sight; without tricks, concealment, or disguise: Their actions are open and aboveboard.

Origin of aboveboard

1610–20; above + board; so called from the requirement of keeping the hands above the table or board in order to discourage possible cheating at cards

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British Dictionary definitions for above board

above board

adjective, adverb(aboveboard when prenominal)
  1. in the open; without dishonesty, concealment, or fraud

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see open and aboveboard.

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