aboveboard

adverb
above·​board | \ ə-ˈbəv-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce aboveboard (audio) \

Definition of aboveboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in a straightforward manner : openly

aboveboard

adjective

Definition of aboveboard (Entry 2 of 2)

: free from all traces of deceit or duplicity

Examples of aboveboard in a Sentence

Adjective The committee tried to be fair and aboveboard in its hiring. an aboveboard and responsible proposal She acted in a completely open and aboveboard way.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Nearly a century later, Morris’s great-nephew Kevin is also in the beverage business—but aboveboard, as the owner of Loma Brewing Company in Northern California. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Let's go back to 1971 when baseball, the MLB All-Star Game were better," 2 July 2019 Nearly a century later, Morris’s great-nephew Kevin is also in the beverage business—but aboveboard, as the owner of Loma Brewing Company in Northern California. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Let's go back to 1971 when baseball, the MLB All-Star Game were better," 2 July 2019 Nearly a century later, Morris’s great-nephew Kevin is also in the beverage business—but aboveboard, as the owner of Loma Brewing Company in Northern California. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Let's go back to 1971 when baseball, the MLB All-Star Game were better," 2 July 2019 Nearly a century later, Morris’s great-nephew Kevin is also in the beverage business—but aboveboard, as the owner of Loma Brewing Company in Northern California. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Let's go back to 1971 when baseball, the MLB All-Star Game were better," 2 July 2019 Nearly a century later, Morris’s great-nephew Kevin is also in the beverage business—but aboveboard, as the owner of Loma Brewing Company in Northern California. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Let's go back to 1971 when baseball, the MLB All-Star Game were better," 2 July 2019 Nearly a century later, Morris’s great-nephew Kevin is also in the beverage business—but aboveboard, as the owner of Loma Brewing Company in Northern California. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Let's go back to 1971 when baseball, the MLB All-Star Game were better," 2 July 2019 Nearly a century later, Morris’s great-nephew Kevin is also in the beverage business—but aboveboard, as the owner of Loma Brewing Company in Northern California. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Let's go back to 1971 when baseball, the MLB All-Star Game were better," 2 July 2019 Nearly a century later, Morris’s great-nephew Kevin is also in the beverage business—but aboveboard, as the owner of Loma Brewing Company in Northern California. Kyle Brown, Cincinnati.com, "Sycamore, UC great Kevin Youkilis featured in Sports Illustrated’s 'Where Are They Now?'," 25 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These traveling shows are aboveboard: Russia has no laws that regulate how marine mammals should be treated in captivity. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism," 12 June 2019 But such operatives, who pursue their clients’ goals through a variety of methods—some entirely aboveboard, others less so—do exist. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "How Much Does It Cost to Keep Your Name Out of the News?," 18 Jan. 2019 For many Democrats and environmental groups, Zinke’s aboveboard actions are just as alarming. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke might face a criminal investigation," 5 Nov. 2018 Many people suspect that not all of the president’s dealings with foreign creditors were aboveboard — including, by all appearances, the president himself. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Michael Cohen Signals Interest in Cooperating With Investigators," 15 June 2018 Many people suspect that not all of the president’s dealings with foreign creditors were aboveboard — including, by all appearances, the president himself. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Michael Cohen Signals Interest in Cooperating With Investigators," 15 June 2018 Many people suspect that not all of the president’s dealings with foreign creditors were aboveboard — including, by all appearances, the president himself. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Michael Cohen Signals Interest in Cooperating With Investigators," 15 June 2018 Unless some of the funds paid to Essential Consultants made their way back to Trump (a not wholly implausible scenario), Cohen’s lobbying career was likely aboveboard. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "AT&T Gave Trump’s Lawyer $600,000 to Help Get Its Merger Approved (and Its Taxes Cut)," 11 May 2018 Prosecutors said in court papers that in an aboveboard business relationship, Jim Norton would have hired Sherry Pierce directly and Gary Pierce would have disclosed his wife’s employment. Jacques Billeaud, The Seattle Times, "Ex-Arizona regulator charged with bribery heads to trial," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of aboveboard

Adverb

1594, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aboveboard

Adverb

above entry 2 + board entry 1; from the difficulty of cheating at cards when the hands are above the table

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The first known use of aboveboard was in 1594

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aboveboard

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of aboveboard

: open, honest, and legal

aboveboard

adverb
above·​board | \ ə-ˈbəv-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce aboveboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of aboveboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in an honest open way All business is done aboveboard.

aboveboard

adjective

Kids Definition of aboveboard (Entry 2 of 2)

: free from tricks and secrecy an aboveboard sale

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