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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

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.
See also: above, board

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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It was done in proper manner, aboveboard and transparent there was no hanky panky," he told reporters after the committee hearing.
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Part of it also is to ensure that everything we do is aboveboard, everything we do should stand the test of transparency, accountability," Lacierda said.
Open government is the public's best guarantee that public business is conducted in a fair and aboveboard manner.
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.
Leila de Lima on Friday warned President Duterte and his 'blind followers' would be held accountable for extrajudicial killings, and said they should stop trying to fool the world that their crackdown on illegal drugs was aboveboard.
What the ADL has been doing has been public and aboveboard.
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The mayor looks forward to working with the council, but we want to make sure all the information is aboveboard and complete,'' Rodriguez said.
We would like to reiterate that the purchase of such equipment was aboveboard and free of corruption, following step by step the procurement and bidding rules.
I want to make sure that she would be protected and that everything would be aboveboard.
The DWP is city-owned, and it should contribute a percentage of its income to the city as a dividend - to use a favorite Riordan term - but this should be written into the charter so it can be done in an aboveboard manner.
were aboveboard as they were covered by proper documentation and given to the agency 'for the work that is being done.