up front

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up front

  1. In the forward section, as of an airplane or theater. For example, We'd like two seats as far up front as possible. [First half of 1900s]

  2. Paid in advance, as in We need at least half of the money for the production up front. [Colloquial; c. 1930]

  3. Candid, direct, as in Now tell me straight up front what you think of this outfit. [Second half of 1900s]

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