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aboveboard

[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.
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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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Word Origin and History for above board

aboveboard

adj.

1610s, from above and board (n.1). "A figurative expression borrowed from gamesters, who, when they put their hands under the table, are changing their cards." [Johnson]

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Idioms and Phrases with above board

aboveboard

see open and aboveboard.

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