[uh-kraws-th uh-bawrd, -bohrd, uh-kros-]
- applying to all employees, members, groups, or categories; general: The across-the-board pay increase means a raise for all employees.
- (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
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Examples from the Web for across-the-board
And in this era of impact-blind, across-the-board budget cuts, we see an opportunity.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
Peter Orszag, Jim Nussle
December 23, 2014
Some of them, like an across-the-board tariff on Chinese goods, might actually work.Sony Blames North Korea for Hacking, but Washington Left Them Completely Vulnerable
Gordon G. Chang
December 3, 2014
There needs to be an across-the-board, consistent defense of the constitutional separation of powers.Obama’s ISIS War Is Illegal
Sen. Rand Paul
November 10, 2014
An aura of impotence has consumed the government, as deep, across-the-board cuts everyone says they oppose set in.Washington’s Sequester Is Not a Poker Game
March 2, 2013
As a result, across-the-board spending cuts are likely to cut quite deep.How the Sequester Will Harm Republican States
February 26, 2013
Together, we passed the first across-the-board tax reduction for everyone since the Kennedy tax cuts.
- (of salary increases, taxation cuts, etc) affecting all levels or classes equally
- horse racing the US term for each way
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