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adjective \ˌəp-ˈfrənt, ˈəp-ˌ\

Simple Definition of up–front

  • : not keeping anything secret or hidden : honest and direct

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of up–front

  1. :  being or coming in or at the front: as a (1) :  being in a conspicuous or leading position (2) :  frank, forthright b :  playing in a front line (as in football) c :  paid or payable in advance


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