Above-board Definition

adjective

In open sight; without trick, concealment, or deception. [First attested in the late 16th century.]

Fair and aboveboard.
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adverb
Honestly; openly. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
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(idiomatic) Openly, without deceit.

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(idiomatic) Honestly, reputably.

They conducted the negotiations completely above board.
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Origin of Above-board

  • above +‎ board. First attested in 1610. Said by Johnson to have been borrowed from gamesters, who, when they change their cards, put their hands under the table.

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  • See aboveboard.

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