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across the board

Applying to or impacting every part or individual in a group or spectrum of things. Some senior employees are unhappy that the new dress code applies to everyone across the board. The politician is expected to call for tax increases across the board.
See also: across, board

all over the board

1. Spread out or scattered over a great distance. I think we'll have a great trip across the country; we've got places all over the board we want to visit.
2. In or having a great number and variety. The shop is all over the board as to what you can buy there.
3. Unorganized or scattered in thinking, communication, or planning. Mary is all over the board with her plans for the future. I wish she would just pick something and stick to it!
See also: all, board, over

across the board

Fig. [distributed] equally for everyone or everything. The school board raised the pay of all the teachers across the board.
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across the board

Applying to all the individuals in a group, as in They promised us an across-the-board tax cut, that is, one applying to all taxpayers, regardless of income. This expression comes from horse racing, where it refers to a bet that covers all possible ways of winning money on a race: win (first), place (second), or show (third). The board here is the notice-board on which the races and betting odds are listed. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.
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across the board

COMMON If a policy or development applies across the board, it applies equally to all the people or areas of business connected with it. It seems that across the board all shops have cut back on staff. This proposal will reduce funding across the board for community development grants, student loans and summer schools. Note: You can also talk about an across-the-board policy or development. There is an across-the-board increase in the amount of meat eaten by children. Note: This was originally an American expression which was used in horse racing. If someone bet across the board, they bet on a horse to win or to come second, third, or fourth.
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across the board

applying to all.
In the USA, this expression refers to a horse-racing bet in which equal amounts are staked on the same horse to win, place, or show in a race.
1999 Wall Street Journal The decline for the euro across the board was mainly attributed to the further erosion of global investors' confidence toward the euro-zone economy.
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aˌcross the ˈboard

affecting everything or everyone in a society, an organization, etc., equally: The government claims that standards in education have fallen right across the board.The union demanded an across-the-board salary increase.
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across the board

So as to affect or include all people, classes, or categories: raised taxes across the board.
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Third, in most cases, accountability is partisan and biased and not across the board.
The trend is one of improvement across the board in performance at GCSE level, with Gateshead taking the regional honours with a 75% pass rate for pupils getting five or more top GCSEs.
On Tuesday, New York stocks were sold across the board, with the Dow index ending below 9,500 for the first time in about five years.
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ISLAMABAD -- Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid Wednesday said there was need of transparent accountability across the board in the country.
In grade 8 (the only grade in which subgroup trends were analyzed by achievement level), Connecticut students showed gains across the board in math--at the basic, proficient, and advanced levels for racial/ethnic subgroups, low income students, and boys and girls.
British retail sales figures came out lower than expected and the pound was punished across the board.
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ISLAMABAD -- Member National Assembly Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) Daniyal Aziz Thursday said the accountability should be carried out across the board against corrupt people without any discrimination.