across the board

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - across the board

"across the board"

equally for everyone, for everything, or in all cases


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - across the board

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I guess we won't see many changes in our department after the merger, right?

Colleague 2:  Why do you say that?

Colleague 1:  Because the merger is with a finance company and we work in the human resources department.

Colleague 2:  From what I understand, there will be major changes across the board because of the core philosophies of the new company.

Colleague 1:  So there will be changes in every department?

Colleague 2:  Yes.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - across the board

Two leaders of a not-for-profit charity are talking ...

Leader 1:  I guess we are going to have to start finding ways to cut costs.

Leader 2:  With the government announcing a twenty percent across-the-board funding cut to all charities, we have no choice.

Leader 1:  And with the cuts hitting all the charities in our sector, it will be increasingly difficult to find other funding due to the fierce competition in the sector. All groups will be looking for outside money.

across the board - Usage:


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across the board - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for across the board.

across the board - Examples:

1)  I know a tax increase would hurt people across the board, but I think it's time we start having that conversation.

2)  I would come home with 100% across the board in every single math exam until Calculus punched me in my face.

3)  They want their members to gut programs across the board, no matter the consequences to our economic future.

4)  A lot of positives across the board on special teams, our offense, our defense, so many players contributing to ...

5)  Across the board not only the oil companies, the insurance companies as well.

6)  ... make sure opponents are threatened across the board in every formation they show.

7)  ... which has a very good chance of driving up Android device costs across the board

8)  It takes full, across the board buy-in to change a mindset, overcome resistance, and establish new patterns of behavior.

9)  India has better core training in base principles across the board, which is why our jobs are going there.

10)  An actual public option that would reduce medical costs across the board. Negotiating with the pharmaceutical companies for better prices on prescription drugs like every other ...

11)  ... links that are less value or not relevant at all. Doing so across the board would make an even playing field for all. 

12)  This should speed things up across the board, especially for our readers outside the United States.

13)  ... have argued that these findings support across the board reform, rather than that limited to traditional offshore financial centers.

14)  The goal here is to achieve 60 frames per second across the board on modern hardware; that could mean bad news for older devices that may ...

15)  If applied across the board, this view would have rather dramatic consequences, going far beyond those outlined above.

16)  ... a general provision that will explicitly apply not only to auxiliary aids and services but across-the-board to include other relevant areas such as, for example, modifications in policies, ...

17)  It also increases benefits across-the-board.

18)  ... has been emphasizing, this across-the-board poor performance puts the lie to claims that it's all because of that scary ...

19)  ... on or near the top of multiple radio, video and digital charts. The across-the-board smash has been certified by the RIAA as the first and only triple platinum ...

20)  Against the advice of his economic advisers, he announces across-the-board import duties on Chinese exports.