Across The Board Meaning

(idiomatic) pertaining to all categories or things

Example: 1949, United States Congress Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, Hearings:
  […] in favor of a straight across-the-board salary increase […]
1983, A. Premchard, Government Budgeting and Expenditure: Theory and Practice:
  A common technique (variously known as an emergency brake or meat axe budgeting) used by governments is across-the-board cuts;
1998, Shahid Javed Burki, Guillermo Perry, Beyond the Washington Consensus: Institutions Matter:
  Chile provides the region's best example of a country that has successfully reformed its core public administration across the board.
a racing bet where one bets that the same competitor will place in first, second and third