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be above board

To be 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. I think these documents are above board, Tom—go ahead and process them.
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The court found these releases to be aboveboard and approved by the board of trustees.
I strongly advise you to be aboveboard with the seller.
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.
I want to make sure that she would be protected and that everything would be aboveboard.
He also said he would make sure the bidding would be aboveboard and would not be rigged.