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adv. & adj.
Without deceit or trickery; straightforward.

[Originally a gambling term referring to the fact that a gambler whose hands were above the board or gaming table could not engage in trickery, such as changing cards, below the table.]
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(əˈbʌvˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd)

adv., adj.
without tricks, concealment, or disguise; in the open.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.aboveboard - without concealment or deceptionaboveboard - without concealment or deception; honest; "their business was open and aboveboard"; "straightforward in all his business affairs"
square, straight - characterized by honesty and fairness; "straight dealing"; "a square deal"
Adv.1.aboveboard - in an honest manneraboveboard - in an honest manner; "in he can't get it honestly, he is willing to steal it"; "was known for dealing aboveboard in everything"
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[əˌbʌvˈbɔːd] adjleale, onesto/a
are you sure this is aboveboard? → sei sicuro che sia una faccenda pulita?
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You know how long you've been in the office--it's years, now, several of them, anyway; and you know I've always been straight and aboveboard with you.
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