aboveboard

[ uh-buhv-bawrd, -bohrd ]
/ əˈbʌvˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd /

adverb, adjective

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)

in the open; without dishonesty, concealment, or fraud
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Idioms and Phrases with above board

aboveboard

see open and aboveboard.

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