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home front

the civilian sector of a nation at war when its armed forces are in combat abroad.
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home-front, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Hindenburg knew the hopelessness of the position, not only of the German army but also of the German home front.

  • "And now for the home front," said Tommy, stretching out his hand for a peach.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • Terrorists would love to recruit a fifth column to fight the war on the home front for them.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • Health, too, was a critical problem on the home front during the war.

  • And on the home front, you'd have air-raid shelters that would be effective.

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Word Origin and History for home front

also homefront, by 1917, from home (n.) + front (n.) in the military sense. A term from World War I.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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