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on board

 
1. Lit. aboard (on or in) a ship, bus, airplane, etc. Is there a doctor on board? We have a sick passenger. When everyone is on board, we will leave.
2. Fig. employed by someone; working with someone. Our company has a computer specialist on board to advise us about the latest technology. Welcome to the company, Tom. We're all glad you're on board now.
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on board

1. supporting something While most of us might be OK about interracial dating, some people aren't on board with the notion.
2. working with someone It's a well-financed organization, and it has some well-known people on board.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of on board (on an aircraft, train, or ship)
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on board

if someone is on board, they are working with an organization or group of people A new financial director has been brought on board to help us assess the cost of the project. We hope to have a new doctor on board by the end of the month.
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on board

Joining in or participating, as in The department head addressed the new employees, saying "Welcome on board," or The opera company has a new vocal coach on board to help the soloists. This expression alludes to being on or in a vessel, airplane, or other vehicle. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s]
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on board

1. Aboard.
2. Ready to participate or be included; amenable: The entire class was on board for the excursion to the park.
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References in classic literature ?
These she put on board in her own name, took his bills of loading for them, and endorsed those bills of loading to my husband, insuring the cargo afterwards in her own name, by our order; so that we were provided for all events, and for all disasters.
It was in vain that those on board made remonstrances and entreaties, and represented the horrors of abandoning men upon a sterile and uninhabited island; the sturdy captain was inflexible.
Powell tells me that looking then at the strong face to which that haggard expression was returning, he had the impulse, from some confused friendly feeling, to add: "I am very happy on board here, sir.
From such reflections I was glad to make any es cape on board that Bremen Diana.
I avoided him during the rest of the passage, by advice of the captain, who seemed to coincide with me altogether in my views of his insanity, but cautioned me to say nothing on this head to any person on board.
The truth is, when Major Dobbin came on board the Ramchumder, very sick, and for the three days she lay in the Madras Roads, he did not begin to rally, nor did even the appearance and recognition of his old acquaintance, Mr.
Shortly a supplementary program was issued which set forth that the Plymouth Collection of Hymns would be used on board the ship.
As I therefore kept the mate, whom we then called captain, on board with his men, to refresh them, so I also forgot not the starving crew that were left on board, but ordered my own boat to go on board the ship, and, with my mate and twelve men, to carry them a sack of bread, and four or five pieces of beef to boil.
But as it was always my fate to choose for the worse, so I did here; for having money in my pocket and good clothes upon my back, I would always go on board in the habit of a gentleman; and so I neither had any business in the ship, nor learned to do any.
One day Tarzan found Miss Strong in conversation with a stranger, a man he had not seen on board before.
There are always on board ship, a Sanguine One, and a Despondent One.
I was returning from France a few days afterwards, and, at Calais, the prisoner came on board the packet-ship in which I returned, and made the voyage with me.
We were so short of men that everyone on board had to bear a hand--only the captain lying on a mattress in the stern and giving his orders, for though greatly recovered he was still in want of quiet.
At length, the long-expected ships entered the port; we were overjoyed, we were transported, and prepared to go on board.
This telegram flashed across the depths of the Atlantic, the designation of the vessel on board which he was to take his passage, the date assigned for his speedy arrival, all combined to impart a certain character of reality to the proposal.