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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

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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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.
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