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[uh-buhv-bawrd, -bohrd] /əˈbʌvˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
adverb, adjective
in open sight; without tricks, concealment, or disguise:
Their actions are open and aboveboard.
Origin of aboveboard
1610-20; above + board; so called from the requirement of keeping the hands above the table or board in order to discourage possible cheating at cards
honest, straightforward.
devious, underhanded, sneaky. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for aboveboard
  • It's an honest trick, it's an open and aboveboard trick, but it is a trick nonetheless.
  • But while there are certainly aboveboard agents and applications, other recruiters engage in fraudulent behavior.
  • Which is not to say that every dealer runs an aboveboard business.
  • The consultants say their work is aboveboard and beneficial to the state, but they decline to identify their clients.
  • Remain professional and aboveboard in all your dealings.
Word Origin and History for aboveboard

1610s, from above and board (n.1). "A figurative expression borrowed from gamesters, who, when they put their hands under the table, are changing their cards." [Johnson]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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