Origin of across-the-board
Definition for across the board (2 of 2)
- Theater. the stage: The play will go on the boards next week.
- the wooden fence surrounding the playing area of an ice-hockey rink.
- a racing course made of wood, used especially in track meets held indoors: his first time running on boards.
- the side of a ship.
- one leg, or tack, of the course of a ship beating to windward.
- the area of a woolshed where shearing is done.
- a crew of shearers working in a particular woolshed.
- sheep about to be sheared.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of board
Related formsboard·a·ble, adjectiveboard·like, adjectivere·board, verb (used with object)un·board·ed, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for across the board (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for across the board (2 of 2)
- a smaller flat piece of rigid material for a specific purposeironing board
- (in combination)breadboard; cheeseboard
- (sometimes functioning as plural) a group of people who officially administer a company, trust, etca board of directors
- (as modifier)a board meeting
- a list on which stock-exchange securities and their prices are posted
- informal the stock exchange itself
- the side of a ship
- the leg that a sailing vessel makes on a beat to windward
- any of various portable surfaces specially designed for indoor games such as chess, backgammon, etc
- (as modifier)board games
- a set of hands in duplicate bridge
- a wooden or metal board containing four slots, or often nowadays, a plastic wallet, in which the four hands are placed so that the deal may be replayed with identical hands
- (in gambling) to win all the cards or money
- to win every event or prize in a contest
Derived Formsboardable, adjective
Word Origin for board
Idioms and Phrases with across the board (1 of 2)
across the board
Applying to all the individuals in a group, as in They promised us an across-the-board tax cut, that is, one applying to all taxpayers, regardless of income. This expression comes from horse racing, where it refers to a bet that covers all possible ways of winning money on a race: win (first), place (second), or show (third). The board here is the notice-board on which the races and betting odds are listed. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.
Idioms and Phrases with across the board (2 of 2)
see across the board; back to the drawing board; bed and board; bulletin board; by the board; go overboard; on board; open and aboveboard; room and board; stiff as a board; tread the boards.