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front money

money paid in advance, as for goods or services, to a commission agent or the like.
capital necessary to begin a business enterprise.
Also called advance fee. money furnished by a company to a financier under a promise to procure funds for it.
Origin of front money
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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front money

noun phrase

An initial and impressive amount of money; cash as an earnest: He had agreed to help the manufacturer get the $1.2 million loan in return for 7 percent of the total, plus ''green'' or ''front money''/ in the drive for $4.5 million in ''front money'' by Labor Day (1920s+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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