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across the board

across the board

Date: Jun 09 2011


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“We all think there is a formula, but as long as we love our children, that’s really the only solid thing I know that works across the board.”

- Actress Jada Pinkett Smith talking about parenting. (Hollywood Actress)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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in all ways; including everything or everyone

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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From sports like baseball and basketball to card games like poker, Americans love their games. So it’s not surprising that a lot of American idioms come from games. We wouldn’t be able to step up to the plate or call something a wild card without games.

Across the board is one of these. If a game is equal across the board, it means that all the players or teams have an equal number of points. But you can use across the board to talk about other things besides games. Across the board means in all ways, or for everyone.

The actress Jada Pinkett Smith uses across the board to talk about raising kids. She says that when it comes to being a parent, the only thing that works across the board is loving your kids. Different parenting strategies might work for different people, but love works for everybody. It works across the board.

Can you think of any other idioms that come from games? What is your favorite way to spend time, across the board?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“John Stockton may be short, but he’s a great basketball player across the board.”

“My city banned cutting down trees. Not just in certain areas, but across the board.”

“Wesley is the best student at school across the board.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

cubi1604 Completely
by cubi1604
Pavlionka equally everywhere and for everyone
by Pavlionka
sofree in all aspects
by sofree
Bojana to apply to all people equaly, without exeption
by Bojana
Fofi affecting everything or everyone in a situation or in an organization
by Fofi
Cvetlana having an effect on people at every level and in every area
by Cvetlana
something that applies to everyone
by Bitten by an Arab bug
Talia Do 'Across the board' means including or applying to all categories or members. Overall.
by Talia Do

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I try to be straightforward  with everybody, acroos the board.

05:07 PM Aug 16 2011 |



acrossing verybody and everyone

01:32 PM Jun 20 2011 |



Amazing !!

01:27 PM Jun 20 2011 |




it means something is related to everybody

05:19 PM Jun 09 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

law applies to all.

02:56 PM Jun 09 2011 |

javier armando


Chemical gases pollution is spreding not just in certain areas,but across the board

01:30 PM Jun 09 2011 |



in general

11:20 AM Jun 09 2011 |




Yea, like I can’t believe he played that card.

08:36 AM Jun 09 2011 |



i love the smith’s family they sp perfect for eachother ..

07:35 AM Jun 09 2011 |




Practise makes perfect.This is the way to learn english that is across the board.

02:14 AM Jun 09 2011 |




applying in all cases

01:40 AM Jun 09 2011 |

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