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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.
See also: above, board

honest 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 honest and aboveboard.
See also: aboveboard, and, honest

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

open and aboveboard

Honest and fair. This term comes from the rule that players, when dealing cards, must keep their hands above the board (i.e., table). Presumably when they put their hands under the table they could be changing their own cards. The expression appeared in print as early as 1608, in Joseph Hall’s Virtues and Vices: “All his dealings are square, and aboue the board.” It has been so used ever since.
See also: aboveboard, and, open
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It was quite refreshing to have people running for office conduct themselves in an aboveboard and professional manner.
Similarly, government should introduce a strong accountability system and take steps to ensure that people sitting on the Board of Directors (BoD) are known for dealing aboveboard in everything.
But it's also the case that the farther he advances, the more visible he, becomes, and the more critical it becomes to preserve his aboveboard reputations Over time, the competing demands of his political ambition and reputation pull Lieberman in increasingly different directions.
Telling clients about a commission arrangement before they, their attorney or--even worse--a competing insurance agent discovers it, keeps the relationship open and aboveboard. Disclosure is not a negative thing.
Instead, Misuari and his co-accused former regional officials of the Department of Education allegedly falsified disbursement vouches, purchase orders, canvass reports, sales invoices, delivery receipts and other supporting documents to make it appear that the transactions were aboveboard.
I would assure aboveboard wala kaming kinita (we didn't earn from it).
(NPFI) with a casino resort developer is aboveboard.
Some people went to court after this declaration and said that the election was aboveboard.
"It was done in proper manner, aboveboard and transparent there was no hanky panky," he told reporters after the committee hearing.
Regardless, it is essential for Worcester to maintain ties with businesses whose operations are scrupulously aboveboard. That is particularly true in the case of a contractor whose duties bring them in frequent contact with the public, and towing certainly does that -- around the clock, and involving car owners in vulnerable and stressful situations.
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.
'Everything I did as president of PSL was aboveboard, transparent, properly recorded and with full knowledge of the board.'
Gordon said that while the study presumed everything was aboveboard, it could not be denied that when the Aquino administration bought Dengvaxia, there was violation of standard government procedure from beginning to end.
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.
Lazo's ruling to make the Board of Health three members again was aboveboard.