1
: placed to win if a competitor wins, places, or shows
an across-the-board racing bet
2
: embracing or affecting all classes or categories : blanket
an across-the-board price increase

Examples of across-the-board in a Sentence

an across-the-board reduction in the state's budget because of declining revenues
Recent Examples on the Web Trump's policies could prove to be inflationary, other economists also warned, such as his proposal to create a 10% across-the-board tariff on all imports to deporting immigrants. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 25 June 2024 Public safety: The Department of Public Safety got a $13.3 million boost to its budget, one of the very few agencies spared from the across-the-board mandate to trim spending by 4.5%. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, 18 June 2024 In contrast, Republican voters chose across-the-board negative characteristics to describe Democratic voters. Stephen Neely, Sun Sentinel, 17 June 2024 East Asia’s population implosion, however, will not count as an across-the-board win for Washington. Nicholas Eberstadt, Foreign Affairs, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for across-the-board 

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of across-the-board was in 1945

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“Across-the-board.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/across-the-board. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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