Nearby words

  1. forde,
  2. fordless,
  3. fordo,
  4. fordone,
  5. fordyce's spots,
  6. fore and aft,
  7. fore clipping,
  8. fore edge,
  9. fore plane,
  10. fore-


    fore and aft, Nautical. in, at, or to both ends of a ship.
    to the fore,
    1. into a conspicuous place or position; to or at the front.
    2. at hand; ready; available.
    3. still alive.

Origin of fore

by construal of fore- as an adj., hence nominalized; fore and aft perhaps as translation of Dutch or Low German; sense “before” (defs 6, 9) perhaps continuation of Middle English, Old English fore in this sense, or as aphetic form of afore

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British Dictionary definitions for to the fore

Word Origin for fore

Old English; related to Old Saxon, Old High German fora, Gothic faura, Greek para, Sanskrit pura


/ (fɔː) /


(in golf) a warning shout made by a player about to make a shot

Word Origin for fore

C19: probably short for before

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Word Origin and History for to the fore
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Idioms and Phrases with to the fore

to the fore

In, into, or toward a position of prominence, as in A new virtuoso pianist has come to the fore. [First half of 1800s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with fore

  • fore and aft

also see:

  • to the fore
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