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I have made 2-year apprenticeship as a multilingual correspondent. One expression that I came across but is still unclear to me is:

"to be above board" or "He is above board"

I have looked it up on several different platforms and haven't been able to figure out what it means.

Could someone please explain to me what it means? Thank you!

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it means honest, reputable, without deceit. someone or something that is legitimate, honest and open

  • So, it is a positive description of a persons characteristics? Aha, thanks a lot. – user2521387 Apr 15 '14 at 0:31
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    @user2521387: Bear in mind it's relatively uncommon to apply this idiomatic expression to a person. Usually it's used of procedures, actions, arrangements (particularly, of financial matters). It's a figurative C16 gambling usage - if you always keep your hands/cards above board (not under the table), everyone can see you're not cheating. – FumbleFingers Apr 15 '14 at 0:56
  • In the famous Cantina scene in the original Star Wars, you may recall, Han Solo is not above board in his dealings with Greedo. – Sven Yargs Apr 15 '14 at 1:40
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"If things are done above board, they are carried out in a legal and proper manner" -Meaning there is no corruption, or cheating as the origin is believed to be from gaming: If card players keep their hands above the table (board) they can be seen to be playing fairly.

Congrats on your apprenticeship!

  • late response from me, but thank you very much. It was worth the effort, enabling me to get in touch with ppl. – user2521387 Jun 15 '14 at 19:27

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