above-board

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Etymology[edit]

above +‎ board. First attested in 1610. Said by Johnson to have been borrowed from gamesters, who, when they change their cards, put their hands under the table.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

above-board (not comparable)

  1. In open sight; without trick, concealment, or deception. [First attested in the late 16th century.][1]
    Fair and aboveboard.

Adverb[edit]

above-board (not comparable)

  1. Honestly; openly. [First attested in the late 16th century.][1]

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 7