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"across-the-board" in British English

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across-the-boardadjective [before noun]

uk   /əˌkrɒs.ðəˈbɔːd/  us   /əˌkrɑːs.ðəˈbɔːrd/
affecting everyone or everything within an ​organization, ​system, or ​society: The ​proposed across-the-board ​cuts for all ​stateagencies will ​total $84 million.

across the board

C2 happening or having an ​effect on ​people at every ​level and in every ​area: The ​improvement has been ​across the board, with all ​divisions either ​increasingprofits or ​reducinglosses. The ​initiative has ​across-the-boardsupport.
(Definition of across-the-board from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"across the board" in American English

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across the boardadjective, adverb

 us   /əˈkrɔs ðə ˈbɔrd, əˈkrɑs, ˈboʊrd/ (also across-the-board)
having an ​effect on everyone or everything of a ​particulartype: The ​mayor threatened across-the-board ​spendingcuts.
(Definition of across the board from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"across-the-board" in Business English

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across-the-boardadjective [usually before noun]

uk   us  
involving everyone or everything in a ​company, ​situation, ​group, etc.: an across-the-board cut/decline/reduction This ​economicplancalls for a 15% across-the-board ​cut in ​personalincometaxrates an across-the-board ​increase/​raise/​rise

across-the-boardadverb

uk   us  
in a way that involves everyone or everything in a ​company, ​situation, ​group etc.: be/apply across the board These ​salesincreases are across the ​board in most of our important ​productareas and in all four ​businesssegments. rise/​fall across the ​board
(Definition of across-the-board from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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