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across-the-board

adjective (1)

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(Entry 1 of 20)

belonging or relating to the whole
  • an across-the-board reduction in the state's budget because of declining revenues

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behind-the-scenes

adjective (2)

Synonyms & Antonyms of behind-the-scenes (Entry 2 of 20)

2 undertaken or done so as to escape being observed or known by others
  • behind-the-scenes negotiations that resulted in the hostages being released unharmed

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bred-in-the-bone

adjective (3)

Synonyms & Antonyms of bred-in-the-bone (Entry 3 of 20)

1 being such by habit and not likely to change
  • a bred-in-the-bone Democrat who always votes a straight ticket

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2 firmly established over time
  • bred-in-the-bone honesty earned him the nickname of "Honest Abe"

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down-at-the-heels

adjective (4)
variants: or down-at-heel also down-at-the-heel or down-at-heels

Synonyms & Antonyms of down-at-the-heels (Entry 4 of 20)

showing signs of advanced wear and tear and neglect
  • the stately mansion where he lives now is a far cry from the down-at-the-heels triple-decker in which he grew up

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down in the mouth

adjective (5)

Synonyms & Antonyms of down in the mouth (Entry 5 of 20)

feeling unhappiness
  • after a disastrous date like that, anyone would be down in the mouth

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down-the-line

adjective (6)

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down-to-the-wire

adjective (7)

Synonyms of down-to-the-wire (Entry 7 of 20)

showing little difference in the standing of the competitors
  • a down-to-the-wire contest for the pennant

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dyed-in-the-wool

adjective (8)

Synonyms & Antonyms of dyed-in-the-wool (Entry 8 of 20)

being such by habit and not likely to change
  • as a dyed-in-the-wool skeptic, I give these "confirmed" UFO sightings as much credence as I do the tooth fairy

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middle-of-the-road

adjective (9)

Synonyms & Antonyms of middle-of-the-road (Entry 9 of 20)

avoiding major social change or extreme political ideas
  • a candidate with middle-of-the-road views on most hot-button issues

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middle-of-the-roader

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of middle-of-the-roader (Entry 10 of 20)

a person who holds moderate views
  • since the party's middle-of-the-roaders often lack verve, the activists inevitably nominate some extremist who can't win in the general election

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off-the-cuff

adjective (10)

Synonyms & Antonyms of off-the-cuff (Entry 11 of 20)

made or done without previous thought or preparation
  • having gotten into hot water with some unfortunate off-the-cuff remarks, the candidate now limits himself to his carefully prepared campaign speech

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off-the-peg

adjective (11)
chiefly British

Synonyms & Antonyms of off-the-peg (Entry 12 of 20)

made beforehand in large numbers
  • accustomed to bespoke suits, he would never condescend to wear an off-the-peg smoking jacket

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off-the-rack

adjective (12)

Synonyms & Antonyms of off-the-rack (Entry 13 of 20)

made beforehand in large numbers
  • the fashionistas were aghast that the actress would wear an off-the-rack dress to the Oscars

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off-the-shelf

adjective (13)

Synonyms & Antonyms of off-the-shelf (Entry 14 of 20)

made beforehand in large numbers
  • she chose to have her computer designed to her specifications rather than buying an off-the-shelf machine

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off-the-wall

adjective (14)

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out-of-the-way

adjective (15)

Synonyms & Antonyms of out-of-the-way (Entry 16 of 20)

2 noticeably different from what is generally found or experienced
  • there was nothing out-of-the-way about the hitchhiker's appearance that might arouse suspicion

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over-the-hill

adjective (16)

Synonyms & Antonyms of over-the-hill (Entry 17 of 20)

being of advanced years and especially past middle age
  • the overwhelming majority of that rock band's fans are over-the-hill baby boomers on a nostalgia trip

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run-of-the-mill

adjective (17)

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run-of-the-mine

adjective (18)
variants: or run-of-mine

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spur-of-the-moment

adjective (19)

Synonyms & Antonyms of spur-of-the-moment (Entry 20 of 20)

made or done without previous thought or preparation
  • a spur-of-the-moment trip to the zoo

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“Across-the-board.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/the. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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