above the line

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above the line (not comparable)

  1. (bridge) In the part of the score sheet in bridge that is reserved for honors, penalty, and premiums; a score that does not count towards game.
  2. (accounting) Classified as an ordinary expense or revenue item, or a current asset.[1]
  3. (marketing) Having a broad reach rather than targeting a specific demographic.
  4. (film) Who guide and influence the creative direction, process, and voice of a given narrative in a film, such as the screenwriter, producer, director, and actors.
    Antonym: below the line
  5. (television) Of expenses: paid per project to creative personnel such as writers and actors.
    Antonym: below the line


  1. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], →ISBN), page 5