Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(be/get) on board (with)

on board
Meaning(s)
1) join a group/team
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    • glad to have someone on board
  • Analysis
     'To get on board' with something means to accept and join a project or team or to contribute to it. It has a positive connotation of cooperation and support. This can be used in social contexts ("I told the tidy towns committee I was on board to help them"), but you are more likely to hear it being used in relation to talking about specific projects or proposals: "We hope to have a new consultant on board soon to help us with these issues."
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The coach was delighted to have a player of Jane's capabilities on board for the new season.
    2. We are delighted to have you on board and to work with you in the new season.
    3. Since Jane has been on board our complaints have reduced by 20%.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Our company should be getting IT specialists on board to make sure we are up to date with the latest technology.
    2. Our team has a number of creative professionals on board to help you to realise your vision.
    3. I'd like to congratulate every individual who was on board with us and offered their support to us during the trial.
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2) agree with, be willing to participate in something
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    • get on board with the plan
  • Analysis
     To 'get on board' with something means to agree to an idea or a plan. It implies that there was some doubt that the person in question might accept the project or proposal to begin with. It has a positive connotation of cooperation and support. This can be used in social contexts ("We can't convince our oldest daughter to get on board with moving house"), but you are more likely to hear it being used in relation to talking about specific projects or proposals.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I had a hard time getting on board with the plan because I didn't think it would work.
    2. I can get on board with that idea. Sounds good to me!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Everyone needed to be on board with the manager's tactics if the team was to have any chance of being successful.
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