across-the-board

adjective
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

First Known Use of across-the-board

1945

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ACROSS-THE-BOARD Defined for English Language Learners

across-the-board

  • : affecting everyone or everything in a group



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