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up-front

[ uhp-fruhnt ]
/ ˈʌpˈfrʌnt /
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adjective Also upfront .

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.

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Origin of up-front

First recorded in 1965–70
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British Dictionary definitions for up-front

upfront
/ (ˈʌpˈfrʌnt) /

adjective

informal open, frank, honest

adverb, adjective

(of money) paid out at the beginning of a business arrangement
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with up-front

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]

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