front-money

front money

noun
1.
money paid in advance, as for goods or services, to a commission agent or the like.
2.
capital necessary to begin a business enterprise.
3.
Also called advance fee. money furnished by a company to a financier under a promise to procure funds for it.

Origin:
1925–30

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