One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1On or in a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle.
- ‘Representatives of both organisations attended a special event on board the Irish naval ship.’
- ‘After leaving the Army, Bill served on board a passenger ship sailing between Southampton and South Africa.’
- ‘Paul has four major companies lined up for bookings, and one wedding has already taken place on board the aircraft.’
- ‘Christopher Columbus reputedly chanced upon hammocks in Haiti and sailors were soon slumbering in them on board ship.’
- ‘It was unclear exactly how many people were on board the chartered aircraft.’
- ‘Visitors can follow clues around the exhibition to discover what life on board a Viking ship would have been like.’
- ‘Mr Kelly said the 770 passengers on board the ship were preparing to disembark.’
- ‘When the electrical system on board the ship failed the crew were forced to cut their journey short and pull in to Sligo.’
- ‘As long as the ship had lifeboats on board it was fit to travel.’
- ‘After a quick assessment he was taken on board the aircraft.’
- 1.1informal Onto a team or group as a member.‘the need to bring on board a young manager’
- ‘So North was brought on board, only to be told last summer that his contract would not be renewed when it expires this August.’
- ‘Two prominent dating experts have been brought on board to assist members in their search.’
- ‘After the company took over, how was the new management team brought on board?’
- ‘We have an exceptional team on board with over two dozen national and international advertising awards between them.’
- ‘It invested an initial £6 million and acted as an agent to bring on board other big companies.’
- ‘He had just taken over the manager's role and he is bringing me on board as goalkeeping coach.’
- ‘She's counting on more corporate sponsors coming on board to support the team.’
- ‘Perhaps now is the time to bring the association on board and provide it with the authority and resources required to nurture new referees.’
- ‘The company is also about to bring on board a property development partner, to exploit more fully its extensive land portfolio.’
- ‘We are all very excited to have her on board the team, and look forward to seeing great things in the coming year.’
- 1.2informal (of a jockey) riding.
- ‘I had seen many jockeys on board the same Florida Pearl, but no one handled him better than the bold Maguire.’
- ‘Murtagh was on board Motivator when he secured an impressive win in the Dante Stakes at York.’
- ‘Etherington has booked Paul Fessey to ride Evening Press, the same jockey who was on board last time she ran.’
- ‘Richard Johnson managed to stay on board the Champion two-miler but the error cost him too much ground in the 2m contest.’
- ‘When he jumped on board, the horse seemed to sense that now it was time for business.’
- ‘They had two winners but neither had usual stable jockey McCoy on board.’
- ‘Pat Eddery won the race at the age of 51 on board Landing Light.’
- ‘Frankie Dettori completed a double on Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot on Thursday as he won the Gold Cup on board Papineau.’
- ‘Blowing Wind, which has twice finished third in the Grand National, was again in third place with Tony McCoy on board.’
- ‘Champion jockey Tony McCoy, on board Best Mate, finished in second while Bacchanal took third.’
- 1.3Baseball On base.
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