Originated with horse racing where an "across the board" bet was one which covered first, second and third on the betting "board."
- (idiomatic) pertaining to all categories or things
1949, United States Congress Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, Hearings:
- […] in favor of a straight across-the-board salary increase […]
1983, A. Premchard, Government Budgeting and Expenditure: Theory and Practice:
- A common technique (variously known as an emergency brake or meat axe budgeting) used by governments is across-the-board cuts;
1998, Shahid Javed Burki, Guillermo Perry, Beyond the Washington Consensus: Institutions Matter:
- Chile provides the region's best example of a country that has successfully reformed its core public administration across the board.
- a racing bet where one bets that the same competitor will place in first, second and third
pertaining to all categories or things
a racing bet