up-front

[ uhp-fruhnt ]
/ ˈʌpˈfrʌnt /
Informal.

adjective Also up·front.

invested or paid in advance or as beginning capital: an up-front fee of five percent and an additional five percent when the job is done.
honest; candid; straightforward: He's very up-front about discussing his past.
conspicuous or prominent: The company has an up-front position in its industry.
located in the front or forward section: to request up-front seats on a plane.

adverb Also up front.

as an initial investment, beginning capital, or an advance payment: They'll need a half-million dollars up-front before opening the business.
before other payments, deductions, or returning a profit: Estimated operating expenses will be deducted up-front.

Origin of up-front

First recorded in 1965–70

Definition for up front (2 of 2)

Origin of front

1250–1300; Middle English frount, front < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin front- (stem of frōns) forehead, brow, front
Related formsun·front·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for up front

front

/ (frʌnt) /

noun


adjective (prenominal)

verb

Derived Formsfrontless, adjective

Word Origin for front

C13 (in the sense: forehead, face): from Latin frōns forehead, foremost part
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Science definitions for up front

front

[ frŭnt ]

The boundary between two air masses that have different temperatures or humidity. In the mid-latitude areas of the Earth, where warm tropical air meets cooler polar air, the systems of fronts define the weather and often cause precipitation to form. Warm air, being lighter than cold air, tends to rise, cool, and condense along such boundaries, forming rain or snow. See also cold front occluded front polar front stationary front warm front.

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Culture definitions for up front

front

In meteorology, the line that forms the boundary between two air masses. Unless they are very similar in temperature and humidity, they will not mix.


Note

Fronts usually produce unstable weather.
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Idioms and Phrases with up front (1 of 2)

up front

1

In the forward section, as of an airplane or theater. For example, We'd like two seats as far up front as possible. [First half of 1900s]


2

Paid in advance, as in We need at least half of the money for the production up front. [Colloquial; c. 1930]

3

Candid, direct, as in Now tell me straight up front what you think of this outfit. [Second half of 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with up front (2 of 2)

front

In addition to the idioms beginning with front

  • front and center
  • front burner, on a
  • front office

also see:

  • brave face (front)
  • in front of
  • out front
  • up front

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