Meaning of across-the-board

a•cross-the-board

Pronunciation: (u-krôs'u bôrd', -bōrd', u-kros'-), [key]
— adj.
  1. applying to all employees, members, groups, or categories; general: The across-the-board pay increase means a raise for all employees.
  2. (of a bet) covering all possibilities of winning on a given result, esp. by placing a combination bet on one horse in a race for win, place, and show.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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