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    on board

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    on board

    a) on a ship, plane, or spacecraft [= aboard]: There are 12 children on board the ship.

    b) involved with something or working for an organization: Supporters of the treaty say that it will be necessary to have the United States on board.
    He came on board in the late Sixties and spent two decades with the agency.

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    I'm on board. You've done a good job of explaining why we should hold off on a decision about the new factory until January.

    Does "I'm on board" mean "I agree with you"?

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    Re: on board

    I guess being on board means to join something or someone [a team] to do something.

    - Hey Ronald, we all will steal my wife back today at 02:00am, are you with us?
    - Yes, you can count on me, I am on board.

    [I am not a teacher]

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    Re: on board

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/board_1

    on board

    a) on a ship, plane, or spacecraft [= aboard]: There are 12 children on board the ship.

    b) involved with something or working for an organization: Supporters of the treaty say that it will be necessary to have the United States on board.
    He came on board in the late Sixties and spent two decades with the agency.

    -------------------------

    I'm on board. You've done a good job of explaining why we should hold off on a decision about the new factory until January

    Does "I'm on board" mean "I agree with you"?
    Dear Daruma:

    In this context, it means more than simple agreement. A person who is 'on board' will be an active supporter/participant in whatever the idea/project/proposal entails.
    Metaphorically, you could think of the idea "we should hold off on a decision about the new factory until January" as represented by a ship. People who are 'on board' with this idea are willing to go wherever the ship takes them, and are probably ready to help sail it, too.

    Petra

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