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front office

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noun
  1. the executive or administrative office of a company, organization, etc.
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Origin of front office

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900
Related formsfront-of·fice, adjective
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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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