across-the-board

[ uh-kraws-thuh-bawrd, -bohrd, uh-kros- ]
/ əˈkrɔs ðəˈbɔrd, -ˈboʊrd, əˈkrɒs- /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. acrosome,
  2. acrospire,
  3. acrospore,
  4. across,
  5. across the board,
  6. acrostic,
  7. acroter,
  8. acroterion,
  9. acroterium,
  10. acrotic

Origin of across-the-board

First recorded in 1940–45

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British Dictionary definitions for across-the-board

across-the-board

adjective

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