||legal, not hidden, not under the table, not underhanded
||Every action, every payment is above board. Customers respect that kind of honesty.
|above the law
||not required to obey laws, privileged
||Just because he's rich, he thinks he's above the law.
|absence makes the heart grow fonder
||when friends are apart they like each other more
||When she's away I'm very lonely. Absence does make the heart grow fonder.
|according to Hoyle
||according to the rules, if we follow the rules
||According to Hoyle, it's your turn to deal the cards.
||explain how or why, provide reasons, call into account
||How do you account for the missing money? Where did it go?
|ace in the hole
||a hidden strength or talent
||Sam's ace in the hole is honesty, which his clients soon discover.
||a weakness, a vulnerable place
||Jewelry is my Achilles heel. I buy too much jewelry.
||(See the acid test)
|across the board
||affecting all people, applies to everything
||We want a salary increase across the board - for all positions.
||explain by movement and gestures
||Watch - I'll act out the meaning of pacifist.