front money

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  1. money paid in advance, as for goods or services, to a commission agent or the like.
  2. capital necessary to begin a business enterprise.
  3. Also called advance fee. money furnished by a company to a financier under a promise to procure funds for it.

Origin of front money

First recorded in 1925–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018