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across the board

across the board

Date: Aug 20 2015

Themes: Celebrity, Music, Pop Culture


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

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“I buy music from all across the board. I get kind of a mix of influences in my own music.”

Singer Jason Mraz, talking about all the kinds of music he likes (BrainyQuote)


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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In the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, American swimmer Michael Phelps made history. He became the first Olympian to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games. He also became the Olympian with the most medals ever. In 2008, Michael Phelps did incredibly well all across the board.

Across the board means in all ways, or including everything. Think about the smartest person that you know. How did he or she do in school? People are often better at a particular subject, like English or math, but really smart people typically do well across the board.

Singer Jason Mraz says that his music is influenced by other music all across the board. He thinks it is good to get a mix of sounds from different kinds of music to create his own style.

What have you done well in 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.

Olivine everywhere
by Olivine
hessam8008 happening or having an effect on people at every level and in every area.
by hessam8008
Manu4 From a wide variety of options
by Manu4
a2020 Different places.
by a2020

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I am also listening to the music across the board. 

07:42 PM Oct 27 2015 |


American Samoa

Hello everbody. I want to improve my English. I think I can do it. Help me please!

12:19 PM Aug 25 2015 |




I have many years ago worked in an office that managment gave yearly average  raises across the board ,the same amount of money ,  independently of the performance of the employee, either it was good or poor. I think that was an unfairly practice.

09:15 PM Aug 20 2015 |



Russian Federation

I’m not able to be across the board. I can say that I always could develop only 1-2 areas which I could become better in. As for me, better concentrating the power on one thing to make good results and good quality. But I really knew some people, especially at the time of studing, they were good in almost all sciences

09:50 AM Aug 20 2015 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

In the past, the classical sciences were simple and limited so most scientists were mastered in all different kind of fields such as medicine, astronomy, philosophy, mathematics …

But these days when sciences are so complex and are developing rapidly day by day, It doesn’t matter how genius a person might be, still it sounds impossible to know all across the board.

Even some fields of science like physics is divided into some major fields such as quantum physics, nuclear physics … and it would take ages to master in each of these categories.

08:13 AM Aug 20 2015 |




I’ve never been across the board,i think that nobody does

08:13 AM Aug 20 2015 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I have never even been well in something! I think we can’t say someone is the best in across the board.

Being the best is relative, In my opinion no one could not be the best in across the board! All of us have some weakness points in personality, in abilities but someone less and someone more.




Wish one day I can master english across the board.

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