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across the board

across the board

Date: Aug 16 2007

Quote

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

“I came from a very great family all the way across the board.”

Vocalist Akon on going to prison despite a good upbringing. (Interview)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

in all ways; including everything or everyone

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

When Akon says his family was great across the board, it actually has two similar but different meanings, both of which are propbably true. It could mean that his family is good in every way, that they’re kind people who raised him well and fed him plenty and did all the things a family ought to do across the board. In this case, Akon would be using the phrase the same way as when you say that a guitar teacher is a good player across the board.

Akon could also mean that each member of his family was good. That from his sister to his grandfather, the members of his family are great people across the board. This would be using the phrase in the same as when you say that a rule applies to everyone in a school across the board.

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“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.”

Winners

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

Equally for everyone or everything
by alinasri
has an effect on people at every level and in every area
by Aravind3000
stellatse entirely,including all members
by stellatse
Turmeric Everyone or everything without any exception. All the way running.
by Turmeric
GarO means overall
by GarO
liru all-inclusive
by liru

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a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

He is the best man in this factory across the board.

11:11 AM Jun 17 2017 |

mary56

United Kingdom

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04:32 AM Aug 22 2007 |

seleh

seleh

Iraq

Where is the listening recond? Without listening, I won’t give good point to that lesson.

08:09 PM Aug 18 2007 |

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