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[ 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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Nearby words

above stairs, above suspicion, above the law, above the line, above-the-line, aboveboard, aboveground, abovementioned, abp, abp., abr

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
SYNONYMS FOR aboveboard
ANTONYMS FOR aboveboard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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Word Origin and History for above board



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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with above board


see open and aboveboard.

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