Origin of out-front
- the foremost line or part of an army.
- a line of battle.
- the place where combat operations are carried on.
- the auditorium.
- the business offices of a theater.
- the front of the stage; downstage.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- ahead of: to walk in front of a moving crowd.
- outside the entrance of: to wait in front of a house.
- in the presence of: to behave badly in front of company.
- outside the entrance: He's waiting out front.
- ahead of competitors: This advertising campaign ought to put our business way out front.
- Theater.in the audience or auditorium.
- Informal.candidly; frankly: Say what you mean out front.
- in advance; before anything else: You'll have to make a payment of $5,000 up front.
- frank; open; direct: I want you to be up front with me.
Origin of front
Related Words for out frontprosperous, outstanding, lucky, fruitful, rewarding, lucrative, fortunate, wealthy, strong, happy, elated, exultant, proud, jubilant, victorious, triumphal, glorious, celebratory, acknowledged, advantageous
- the total area in which opposing armies face each other
- the lateral space in which a military unit or formation is operatingto advance on a broad front
- the direction in which troops are facing when in a formed line
Word Origin for front
late 13c., "forehead," from Old French front "forehead, brow" (12c.), from Latin frontem (nominative frons) "forehead, brow, front; facade, forepart; appearance," perhaps literally "that which projects," from PIE *bhront-, from root *bhren- "to project, stand out." Or from PIE *ser-, "base of prepositions and preverbs with the basic meaning 'above, over, up, upper'" [Watkins].
Sense of "foremost part of anything" developed in Latin. The military sense of "foremost part of an army" (mid-14c.) led to the meaning "field of operations in contact with the enemy" (1660s). Home front is from 1919. Sense of "public facade" is from 1891; that of "something serving as a cover for illegal activities" is from 1905. Meteorological sense first recorded 1921. Front yard first attested 1767.
1520s, from Middle French fronter, from Old French front (see front (n.)). Related: Fronted; fronting.
In front of a building or house, as in We really need to put another light out front, or I'll meet you at the museum, out front. The antonym, referring to the back of a building, is out back, as in John's out back fixing his bike. The noun front has been used for the side of a building where the main entrance is located since the mid-1300s; back for the rear of a building dates from the late 1300s.
In addition to the idioms beginning with front
- front and center
- front burner, on a
- front office
- brave face (front)
- in front of
- out front
- up front