Above board

Explanation: What is an idiom?

Legal and fair.


"Did you hear, old Barry's getting married."

"What Barry - last of the bachelors - Mackenzie?"

"Yeah, to an Aussie."

"You're joking - he's always hated Australia!"

"Yeah, and he's only known her for a couple of weeks."

"Oh, hang on a minute. Something seems not quite right."

"How do you mean?"
"Well, what do you think? Girl wants a visa right?"


"Wants to live and work here without getting thrown out of the country."


"So she marries an Englishman and gets to stay here."

"Oh no, Barry says it's all above board and everything. He says he loves her."

"Yeah, they'll get a convenient divorce in a couple of months, you wait and see."

"Oh, you're such a cynic, you are. Haven't you ever heard of love at first sight?"

"Oh, okay. Forgive my cynical heart. And where did he first set eyes on such a beauty?"

"Well, he hasn't actually met her face to face."


"Well, he only knows her through the internet."



When everything is above board, it's perfectly legal, with nothing hidden. When you are playing cards, it's wise to keep your hands where everyone can see them, i.e. above the board, meaning above the table.

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