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front office

the executive or administrative office of a company, organization, etc.
Origin of front office
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900
Related forms
front-office, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He had followed them into the front office, and caught the latter part of the conversation.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Shirley watched the perplexed officers as they went into the front office.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • I walked into the front office with a lot of self-assurance.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • "I can go to the first room, the front office, and inquire," said Curran.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • Gradually he left the back room and became a fixture in the front office.

    In Our Town William Allen White
Slang definitions & phrases for front office

front office

adjective phrase

: front-office memos

noun phrase

  1. The chief administrative offices of a company (1930s+)
  2. Managers; executives: What's the front office think? (1930s+)
  3. A police station (1900+ Underworld)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with front office

front office

The policy-making or executive individuals in an organization, as in I'll have to check with the front office before I can give you a discount. This term was originally underworld slang for police headquarters or the main detective bureau. It soon was extended to other administrative offices and their personnel. [ c. 1900 ]
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