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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
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In a straightforward manner. Conjurers place their hands under the table when they are preparing their tricks, but above when they show them. “Let all be above-board” means “let there be no under-hand work, but let us see everything.”   1
 


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