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aboveboard adj : without concealment or deception; honest; "their business was open and aboveboard"; "straightforward in all his business affairs" [syn: straightforward] adv : in an honest manner; "in he can't get it honestly, he is willing to steal it"; "was known for dealing aboveboard in everything" [syn: honestly] [ant: dishonestly]

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Etymology

above + board
This expression is said by Johnson to have been borrowed from gamesters, who, when they change their cards, put their hands under the table.

Adjective

  1. Above the board or table. Hence: in open sight; without trick, concealment, or deception.
    Fair and aboveboard. - Burke

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