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 Live bands already perform at Catonsville establishments, and the bill will bring current practices aboveboard. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, "‘Let the dancing begin’: Live music bill green-lighted in Catonsville, Arbutus," 8 Oct. 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. 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His defense lawyers maintained the transactions were all aboveboard. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, "Alabama Ex-House speaker reports to begin prison sentence," 11 Sep. 2020 His defense lawyers maintained the transactions were all aboveboard. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, "Alabama Ex-House speaker reports to begin prison sentence," 11 Sep. 2020 His defense lawyers maintained the transactions were all aboveboard. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, "Alabama Ex-House speaker reports to begin prison sentence," 11 Sep. 2020 His defense lawyers maintained the transactions were all aboveboard. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, "Alabama Ex-House speaker reports to begin prison sentence," 11 Sep. 2020 His defense lawyers maintained the transactions were all aboveboard. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, "Alabama Ex-House speaker reports to begin prison sentence," 11 Sep. 2020 His defense lawyers maintained the transactions were all aboveboard. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, "Alabama Ex-House speaker reports to begin prison sentence," 11 Sep. 2020 His defense lawyers maintained the transactions were all aboveboard. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, "Alabama Ex-House speaker reports to begin prison sentence," 11 Sep. 2020 His defense lawyers maintained the transactions were all aboveboard. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, "Alabama Ex-House speaker reports to begin prison sentence," 11 Sep. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aboveboard. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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