Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

across the board

across the board
1) affecting everyone/everything within an organization or situation
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    • changes/job cuts/wage increases have been implemented across the board
  • Analysis

    If something happens or is experienced 'across the board', it happens to - or is experienced by - everyone involved. For example, there might be increases in taxes 'across the board', meaning that everyone will be affected by the increases. This expression is generally heard in a professional context, and it could relate to changes, policies, rules or laws, or anything by which everyone or every department or group in a situation is affected.

  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Due to the company's increasing losses, job cuts will start taking place across the board from the beginning of next month.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The new staff rules have been applied across the board so that everyone, from those in the highest positions to entry-level jobs, will have to abide by them.
    2. The turnaround of the business has been extraordinary. Improvements can be seen across the board, with every department reporting a profit.
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