Meaning of “above board” in the English Dictionary

"above board" in British English

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above boardadjective, adverb

/əˌbʌv ˈbɔːd/ us /əˈbʌv bɔːrd/

If a plan or business agreement is above board, it is honest and not trying to deceive anyone:

The deal was completely open and above board.

(Definition of “above board” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"above board" in Business English

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above boardadjective

also above-board uk us

done in an honest way, according to the rules or law:

The bidding process was completely fair and above board.
above board
adverb

We believe that the vast majority of lenders operate above board.

(Definition of “above board” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)