Nautical Trivia by Fonz

“ALL FAIR AND ABOVE BOARD”

A commonly used expression of nautical origin meaning “Utterly fair, nothing hidden”.

History

A trick, common to warships and pirates alike, both of which had very large crews, was to keep all but a few of their men out of sight. At long distance, someone inspecting them with a telescope might be fooled into thinking they were seeing a peaceful merchantman with a small crew, and so no threat. The devious captain kept his men low behind the bulwarks — or below the top deck; a captain with nothing to hide would keep his crew “above board”

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