Across-the-board (adjective)

  1. Affecting all sections, groups, or categories.
  2. Covering all parts or elements, without exception.
  3. Encompassing or affecting the whole range of a particular group or category.


Late 19th century: originally as across-the-board bet in horseracing, in which a bet is placed on a horse to win or be placed in every race of the day; the current sense dates from the mid 20th century.


  1. The company announced an across-the-board pay raise for all employees.
  2. The new policy will have an across-the-board impact on the industry.
  3. The school is implementing an across-the-board ban on cell phones.
  4. The recession caused an across-the-board decline in real estate values.
  5. The strike caused an across-the-board disruption of transportation services.
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