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forefront

[fawr-fruhnt, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌfrʌnt, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
the foremost part or place.
2.
the position of greatest importance or prominence:
in the forefront of today's writers.
Origin of forefront
late Middle English
1425-1475
First recorded in 1425-75, forefront is from the late Middle English word forfrount, forefrount. See fore-, front
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  • She stood in the forefront of all women for him, just as Captain Anthony stood in the forefront of all men.

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  • Nicanor and Nicodemus stood in the forefront of it and watched.

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  • In all the writings of the time, the theological interest is in the forefront.

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  • By now Chappy Marr had won his way to the forefront of his kind.

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  • And in the forefront, with a laugh upon his lips, hewed Quinton Edge.

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British Dictionary definitions for forefront

forefront

/ˈfɔːˌfrʌnt/
noun
1.
the extreme front
2.
the position of most prominence, responsibility, or action
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Word Origin and History for forefront
n.

late 15c., a Germanic-Latin hybrid, from fore- + front (n.). Originally of buildings; the main modern sense is from military meaning "front rank of an army" (1510s).

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