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[uh-kraws-th uh-bawrd, -bohrd, uh-kros-] /əˈkrɔs ðəˈbɔrd, -ˈboʊrd, əˈkrɒs-/
applying to all employees, members, groups, or categories; general:
The across-the-board pay increase means a raise for all employees.
(of a bet) covering all possibilities of winning on a given result, especially by placing a combination bet on one horse in a race for win, place, and show.
Origin of across-the-board
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • People also began to notice in him a certain across-the-board fearlessness, based largely in curiosity.
  • So better keep the nominal values on a predictable and stable path, so that there is no need for across-the-board adjustments.
  • In comes discussion of vast across-the-board reductions.
  • Although the new bill is unlikely to include across-the-board tariffs, it could have sharp teeth.
  • If that is the case then it is likely because one of the companies has across-the-board lower expenses.
  • Neo-Academism is big, and getting bigger: it's an across-the-board creative movement.
  • Almost half of that is in across-the-board cuts in the way benefits are calculated.
  • To demand across-the-board benefits merely on the basis of age is in effect to advocate welfare for the rich.
British Dictionary definitions for across-the-board


(of salary increases, taxation cuts, etc) affecting all levels or classes equally
(horse racing) the US term for each way
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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