across the board

a·cross the board
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kraws, uh-kros stressed th ee bawrd, bohrd]
    • /əˈkrɔs, əˈkrɒs stressed ði bɔrd, boʊrd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kraws, uh-kros stressed th ee bawrd, bohrd]
    • /əˈkrɔs, əˈkrɒs stressed ði bɔrd, boʊrd/

Definitions of across the board words

  • phrase across the board If a policy or a situation applies across the board, it affects everything or everyone in a particular group. 3
  • adverb across the board in a way that affects all levels or classes equally 3
  • adjective across the board (of salary increases, taxation cuts, etc) affecting all levels or classes equally 3
  • adjective across the board combining win, place, and show, as a bet 3
  • adjective across the board including or affecting all classes or groups 3
  • noun across the board see across-the-board 3

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Origin of across the board

First appearance:

before 1940
One of the 7% newest English words
First recorded in 1940-45

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Parts of speech for Across the board


across the board popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 27% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data about 69% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

across the board usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for across the board

adj across the board

  • sweeping — of wide range or scope.
  • all — You use all to indicate that you are referring to the whole of a particular group or thing or to everyone or everything of a particular kind.
  • all-inclusive — All-inclusive is used to indicate that a price, especially the price of a holiday, includes all the charges and all the services offered.
  • blanket — A blanket is a large square or rectangular piece of thick cloth, especially one which you put on a bed to keep you warm.
  • broad — Something that is broad is wide.

noun across the board

  • group — any collection or assemblage of persons or things; cluster; aggregation: a group of protesters; a remarkable group of paintings.
  • accumulation — An accumulation of something is a large number of things which have been collected together or acquired over a period of time.
  • aggregate — An aggregate amount or score is made up of several smaller amounts or scores added together.
  • aggregation — the act or process of aggregating
  • collection — A collection of things is a group of similar things that you have deliberately acquired, usually over a period of time.

Antonyms for across the board

noun across the board

  • zero — the figure or symbol 0, which in the Arabic notation for numbers stands for the absence of quantity; cipher.
  • zilch — zero; nothing: The search came up with zilch.
  • zip — zip code.
  • none — to no extent; in no way; not at all: The supply is none too great.

adj across the board

  • incomplete — not complete; lacking some part.
  • needy — in a condition of need or want; poverty-stricken; impoverished; extremely poor; destitute.
  • unfinished — not finished; incomplete or unaccomplished.
  • restricted — confined; limited.
  • specific — having a special application, bearing, or reference; specifying, explicit, or definite: to state one's specific purpose.

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