front office


Definition of front office

: the policy-making officials of an organization usually hyphenated when used attributively the front-office staff

Examples of front office in a Sentence

Many fans blame the team's poor performance on bad decisions made by the front office.

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Mark Cuban and the front office selected Villanova standout Jaylen Brunson with the No. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Here are the five things you need to know about Mavs draft pick Luka Doncic," 21 June 2018 The Texans' front office has undergone several chances since last season. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans add J.J. Moses as player engagement director, hire new security director," 19 June 2018 But there's been recent turmoil in Philadelphia's front office. Jill Martin, CNN, "NBA Free Agency: Where will LeBron James land next season?," 12 June 2018 The board voted to reject bids for another project to renovate Chesterton Middle School’s front office after five bids came in at $831,000 or more, nearly twice the original budget, Lindy told the board. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "Duneland school board approves $500K in summer construction projects, new high school principal," 9 May 2018 While Billups still feels strongly about the Pistons, his desire is to be a front office executive — whether that’s in Detroit or not. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Chauncey Billups thinks the Pistons can contend in 'wide open' East," 13 July 2018 For a second-round pick fighting to earn an invitation to training camp, every second on the floor in front of the watchful eyes of coaches and front office staff counts. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Metu’s misfortune means missed opportunity for Spurs’ second-rounder," 12 July 2018 Before coming to the Hawks in 2017, Schlenk spent 13 seasons with the Warriors and was part of the front office group that drafted Curry seventh overall in 2009. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Hawks rookie Trae Young breaks out in Vegas summer league debut after early slump," 8 July 2018 Ichiro is no longer an active player (front office advisory role with the Mariners), but folks who’ve seen him take batting practice tell us that Ichiro in the Derby would be a ratings winner. Dan Shaughnessy,, "Will we ever know what PED Julian Edelman took?," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of front office

1900, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of front office

: the people who manage a business or organization (such as a professional sports team)

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