across the board

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Originated with horse racing where an "across the board" bet was one which covered first, second and third on the betting "board."

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across the board

  1. (idiomatic) pertaining to all categories or things
    • 1949, United States Congress Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, Hearings:
      [] in favor of a straight across-the-board salary increase []
    • 1983, A. Premchard, Government Budgeting and Expenditure: Theory and Practice:
      A common technique (variously known as an emergency brake or meat axe budgeting) used by governments is across-the-board cuts;
    • 1998, Shahid Javed Burki, Guillermo Perry, Beyond the Washington Consensus: Institutions Matter:
      Chile provides the region's best example of a country that has successfully reformed its core public administration across the board.
  2. a racing bet where one bets that the same competitor will place in first, second and third

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