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open and aboveboard

Fully visible to public scrutiny; completely and openly honest or legitimate. Though some regulators have expressed concern over the merger of the two multinationals, everything about the deal has been open and aboveboard.
See also: aboveboard, and, open

aboveboard

in the open; visible to the public; honest. Don't keep it a secret. Let's make certain that everything is aboveboard.

honest and aboveboard

 and open and aboveboard
Fig. in the open; visible to the public; honest. Don't keep it a secret. Let's make sure that everything is honest and aboveboard. You can do whatever you wish, as long as you keep it honest and aboveboard. The inspector had to make sure that everything was open and aboveboard.
See also: aboveboard, and, honest

open and aboveboard

Also, honest and aboveboard. Candid and fair, without deceit or trickery, as in I'll join you, but only if everything remains open and aboveboard. Both versions of this expression are redundancies, since they use open and aboveboard in the sense of "honest." The latter word, dating from the early 1600s, comes from gambling and alludes to the fact that card players who do not keep their hands on the table (board) may be suspected of changing their cards under the table.
See also: aboveboard, and, open
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Regardless, it is essential for Worcester to maintain ties with businesses whose operations are scrupulously aboveboard.
Everyone involved insists everything was aboveboard.
We just have to take it on faith and governmental assurance that the company that makes the equipment is aboveboard and honest.
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At the same time, she attempts to show how conservatives were always right, and how they were also scrupulous, precise, and consistently aboveboard and high-minded.
Error-free ballots have been the norm, procedures are strict and aboveboard, and he points out that punch-card ballots were outlawed in Massachusetts three years before the problems in Florida during the 2000 presidential election.
Willis says the game is aboveboard and there's no concern about problems with regulators.
More times than not, a bill will seek to advance a hidden policy agenda that would be rejected out of hand if done aboveboard.
Lazo's ruling to make the Board of Health three members again was aboveboard.
It's an attempt to control costs and to put a cap on things that previously had no cap, and be aboveboard so that anyone looking into it will know what to find,'' director June Snow said.
Any financial market relies upon confidence and it is important that transactions are visible, aboveboard and meet agreed standards and regulations," said Martin McCann, Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Marketing at Gentia Software.
Open government is the public's best guarantee that public business is conducted in a fair and aboveboard manner.
What the ADL has been doing has been public and aboveboard.