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above board

Legitimate, honest, and/or legal. I expected that big company to try to take advantage of us, but so far all of their dealings with us have been above board. These documents look above board to me, Tom—go ahead and process them.
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above board

COMMON If a situation or business is above board, it is honest and legal. Anyone who wants to inspect our books can see for themselves that we are totally above board. Note: You can use above-board before nouns. If this export had been conducted in an honest and above-board fashion, they would have had no difficulty in reclaiming tax paid on the gold. Note: This expression comes from card games in which players place their bets on a board or table. Actions above the table, where other players can see them, are probably fair.
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above board

honest; not secret.
Above board was originally a gambling term, indicating fair play by players who kept their hands above the board (i.e. the table).
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above ˈboard

honest and open; not secret: All my dealings with the company have been completely above board.
If card players keep their hands above the table (the board), other players can see what they are doing.
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The whole process had been above board, he stated, open-minded, with full opportunity for everyone to make their case, with a free vote, and due concern on the part of Messrs Chretien, Rock and Tobin--"all practising Catholics like myself"--for careful consideration of everyone involved.
Being able to rapidly resolve those issues in an open and above board manner is the real test of a relationship.
To a question, he said Parliament should set up a committee for accountability of all the Pakistanis above board and it should formulate laws for accountability against corruption.
com)-- As the important 2016 elections get closer, more and more hopefuls for public office are signing on to attend the Above Board Chamber of Florida's "Face the Candidates" event.
SENATOR Grace Poe wants a careful review of the newly awarded maintenance contract for the Metro Rail Transit- (MRT-3) to ensure that it was not only above board, but more importantly, that the winning contractor is competent and qualified to get the job done.
That may well be true but taxpayers now need to be reassured that absolutely every single aspect of the sell-off was above board.
Object of the contract is divided into 2 parts - Part 1: anesthesia machine above board with the latest technology,- Part 2: Modular anesthesia machine with a built-upper class ventilation units designed for administration of all common inhalation anesthetics and anesthetic procedures, including low and minimum flows, suitable for adults, children and newborns, for all ages and weight.
The excuses offered to the licensing panel to explain why the shopkeepers were surprised that the stuff they had bought 'from a van' or 'a man in a car' was not above board are pathetic - I've heard more ingenious explanations about missing homework
Jacqui Smith is proving to be one of the worst Home Secretaries we have ever had, but she is proving to be another dab hand when it comes to running two homes on expenses (all above board of course).
Last night Northern Rock insisted the property company, based at the bank's Gosforth headquarters, was completely transparent and above board.
If we can't trust the First Minister to be above board, we have the wrong man in the job.
Mill-Max has announced a full line of low profile, above board and elevated barrel receptacles suitable for socketing LED devices used in lighting applications such as portable lighting, electronic signs, display backlighting, automotive signal lights, architectural and landscaping lighting, interior decorative lighting and custom array displays.
We have got to do more and I am committed to putting a new system in place, because people must know that decisions are made that are above board and seen to be above board.
Everybody who has had dealings with Paris St Germain is being investigated but all mine have been above board," he said.
The assembly government has refuted the claim stating the appointment was above board.