- Horse Racing combining win, place, and show, as a bet
- including or affecting all classes or groups
- Including or applying to all categories or members: an across-the-board pay hike; an across-the-board ruling.
- Of or being a racing wager whereby equal amounts are bet on the same contestant to win, place, and show.
Originated with horse racing where an "across the board" bet was one which covered first, second and third on the betting "board."
across-the-board - Investment & Finance Definition
An action or event that affects a market or a group of people in the same way. For instance, stocks may be rising across-the-board or a pay cut may be made across-the-board.