fore-front

forefront

[fawr-fruhnt, fohr-]
noun
1.
the foremost part or place.
2.
the position of greatest importance or prominence: in the forefront of today's writers.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English forfrount, forefrount. See fore-, front

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forefront (ˈfɔːˌfrʌnt)
 
n
1.  the extreme front
2.  the position of most prominence, responsibility, or action

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forefront
c.1470, a Gmc.-L. hybrid, from fore + front. Originally of buildings; the main modern sense is from military meaning "front rank of an army" (1513).
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