aboveboard


1above·board

adverb \ə-ˈbəv-ˌbrd\

Definition of ABOVEBOARD

:  in a straightforward manner :  openly

Origin of ABOVEBOARD

from the difficulty of cheating at cards when the hands are above the table
First Known Use: 1594

2aboveboard

adjective

: open, honest, and legal

Full Definition of ABOVEBOARD

:  free from all traces of deceit or duplicity

Examples of ABOVEBOARD

  1. The committee tried to be fair and aboveboard in its hiring.
  2. an aboveboard and responsible proposal
  3. She acted in a completely open and aboveboard way.

First Known Use of ABOVEBOARD

1648

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