Definition of “across-the-board” - English Dictionary

“across-the-board” in British English

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across-the-boardadjective [ before noun ]

uk /əˌkrɒs.ðəˈbɔːd/ us /əˌkrɑːs.ðəˈbɔːrd/

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 increasing profits or reducing losses.

(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 particular type:

The mayor threatened across-the-board spending cuts.

(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 economic plan calls for a 15% across-the-board cut in personal income tax rates
an across-the-board increase/raise/rise


uk us

in a way that involves everyone or everything in a company, situation, group etc.:

be/apply across the board These sales increases are across the board in most of our important product areas and in all four business segments.
rise/fall across the board

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