Part of speech:
Both an adjective ("an aboveboard move") and an adverb ("doing business aboveboard.") You'll use the adjective a lot more, I think.
Something aboveboard is done in an honest way and done where everyone can see it. This word comes from card games: if your hands are above the board (table,) then you're not cheating.
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How to use it:
Talk about aboveboard people, aboveboard business practices, aboveboard dealings, aboveboard actions and decisions, doing something in an aboveboard manner (or an aboveboard fashion, or an aboveboard way), an aboveboard reputation, and so on. And you can be aboveboard with someone, or be aboveboard about something.
Since you've already got a lot of words in your vocabulary meaning "honest," why bother with this one? Well, "aboveboard" helps you emphasize that some dealings are going on, and that there's an opportunity for someone to be sneaky and cheat, but that person isn't taking that opportunity.
Our real estate agent was not exactly aboveboard--something fishy was clearly going on when she didn't let us keep a copy of our contract with her.
My husband is so aboveboard by nature that whenever he plans a surprise for me, he always tells me later about his planning process so he can clear up any white lies that the surprise required. (It's very endearing.)
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "aboveboard” means when you can explain it without saying “in clear view” or “straightforward."
Think of something dishonest you witnessed, and fill in the blanks: "If _____ is/are/was/were aboveboard, then why _____?."
Example: "If this store's pricing system is aboveboard, then why are some items permanently on sale?"
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1. The opposite of ABOVEBOARD is
A. UNCALLED FOR
2. The restaurant's aboveboard slogan is "_____"
A. In sight, it must be right.
B. If you've got time to lean, you've got time to clean.
C. No rules, just right.
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