over the board or table Hence in available sight without trick concealment or deception
- in a reputable way
- without concealment or deception; truthful
- over the board or table. Hence: in available picture; without trick, concealment, or deception.
1610s, from above and board (n.1). "A figurative expression borrowed from gamesters, who, when they put their hands under the table, are changing their cards." [Johnson]
(adv.) Above the board or dining table. Ergo: in available picture; without trick, concealment, or deception.