without concealment or deception; honest

their business was open and aboveboard


straightforward in all his business affairs

Syn: ↑straightforward
Similar to: ↑straight, ↑square
Derivationally related forms: ↑straightforwardness (for: ↑straightforward)
in an honest manner

in he can't get it honestly, he is willing to steal it


was known for dealing aboveboard in everything

Syn: ↑honestly
Ant: ↑dishonestly (for: ↑honestly)
Derived from adjective: ↑honest (for: ↑honestly)

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  • Aboveboard — A*bove board , adv. Above the board or table. Hence: in open sight; without trick, concealment, or deception. Fair and aboveboard. Burke. [1913 Webster] Note: This expression is said by Johnson to have been borrowed from gamesters, who, when they …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aboveboard — [adj] candid forthright, frank, honest, open, overt, right on*, square, straight, straightforward, straight from shoulder*, true, trustworthy, truthful, up front*, veracious; concept 404 Ant. deceitful, devious, lying, shady, underhanded… …   New thesaurus

  • aboveboard — [ə buv′bôrd΄, ə buv′bôrd′] adv., adj. [ ABOVE + BOARD (table): orig. a card player s term for cards in plain view] without dishonesty or concealment [be open and aboveboard with me] …   English World dictionary

  • aboveboard — index bona fide, candid, direct (forthright), ethical, honest, ingenuous, irreprehensible, moral …   Law dictionary

  • aboveboard — (adj.) 1610s, from ABOVE (Cf. above) and BOARD (Cf. board) (n.1). A figurative expression borrowed from gamesters, who, when they put their hands under the table, are changing their cards. [Johnson] …   Etymology dictionary

  • aboveboard — *straightforward, forthright Analogous words: open, *frank, candid: honest, *upright, scrupulous: *fair, impartial, just: ingenuous, unsophisticated, artless (see NATURAL) Antonyms: underhand, underhanded Contrasted words: furtive, covert …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • aboveboard — /euh buv bawrd , bohrd /, adv., adj. in open sight; without tricks, concealment, or disguise: Their actions are open and aboveboard. [1610 20; ABOVE + BOARD; so called from the requirement of keeping the hands above the table or board in order to …   Universalium

  • aboveboard — adjective Above the board or table. Hence: in open sight; without trick, concealment, or deception. Fair and aboveboard. See Also: above board …   Wiktionary

  • aboveboard — Synonyms and related words: artless, authentic, before one, bona fide, face to face, fair and square, forthright, foursquare, genuine, good faith, in broad daylight, in open court, in plain sight, in plain view, in public, in public view, in the… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • aboveboard — a|bove|board [ ə bʌv,bɔrd ] adjective completely honest and legal: The transaction was totally aboveboard, so there was no reason to question it …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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