Across-the-board Definition

ə-krôsthə-bôrd, -krŏs-
Including or applying to all categories or members.
An across-the-board pay hike; an across-the-board ruling.
American Heritage
Combining win, place, and show, as a bet.
Webster's New World
Of or being a racing wager whereby equal amounts are bet on the same contestant to win, place, and show.
American Heritage
Including or affecting all classes or groups.
Webster's New World
They recently made across-the-board changes to the benefits package.

Origin of Across-the-board

  • Originated with horse racing where an "across the board" bet was one which covered first, second and third on the betting "board."

    From Wiktionary

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