in front of

Idioms & Phrases

in front of

  1. Facing someone or a group, as in He was shy about speaking in front of a large audience. [Early 1600s]

  2. In someone's presence, as in Let's not fight in front of the children. [Mid-1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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