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across the board

Applying to or impacting every part or individual in a group or spectrum of things. Some senior employees are unhappy that the new dress code applies to everyone across the board. The politician is expected to call for tax increases across the board. Jeremy needs to start acting his age if he's going to fit in at this school.
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all over the board

1. Spread out or scattered over a great distance. I think we'll have a great trip across the country; we've got places all over the board we want to visit.
2. In or having a great number and variety. The shop is all over the board as to what you can buy there.
3. Unorganized or scattered in thinking, communication, or planning. Mary is all over the board with her plans for the future. I wish she would just pick something and stick to it!
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across the board

Fig. [distributed] equally for everyone or everything. The school board raised the pay of all the teachers across the board.
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across the board

Applying to all the individuals in a group, as in They promised us an across-the-board tax cut, that is, one applying to all taxpayers, regardless of income. This expression comes from horse racing, where it refers to a bet that covers all possible ways of winning money on a race: win (first), place (second), or show (third). The board here is the notice-board on which the races and betting odds are listed. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.
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across the board

COMMON If a policy or development applies across the board, it applies equally to all the people or areas of business connected with it. It seems that across the board all shops have cut back on staff. This proposal will reduce funding across the board for community development grants, student loans and summer schools. Note: You can also talk about an across-the-board policy or development. There is an across-the-board increase in the amount of meat eaten by children. Note: This was originally an American expression which was used in horse racing. If someone bet across the board, they bet on a horse to win or to come second, third, or fourth.
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across the board

So as to affect or include all people, classes, or categories: raised taxes across the board.
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