[uh-kraws-thuh-bawrd, -bohrd, uh-kros-]
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  1. applying to all employees, members, groups, or categories; general: The across-the-board pay increase means a raise for all employees.
  2. (of a bet) covering all possibilities of winning on a given result, especially by placing a combination bet on one horse in a race for win, place, and show.

Origin of across-the-board

First recorded in 1940–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. (of salary increases, taxation cuts, etc) affecting all levels or classes equally
  2. horse racing the US term for each way
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