Definition of above board adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

above board

 adjective,adverb
adjective, adverb
BrE
 
; NAmE
 
Honest
 
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legal and honest; in a legal and honest way Don't worry; the deal was completely above board. If you do everything above board, you will have to pay tax on your earnings. If card players keep their hands above the table (the board), other players can see what they are doing. See related entries: Honest