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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Signaling the front office’s shift in focus to the future amid a disappointing season, Dozier followed starting pitcher Lance Lynn, relief pitchers Zach Duke and Ryan Pressly and infielder Eduardo Escobar out the door. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "NL West-leading Dodgers get Dozier from Twins for Forsythe," 31 July 2018 Five of them ran to the front office to deliver a school-wide announcement, and two of them scrambled to help their teacher answer texts and emails, Herzfeld recalled. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Meet the Parkland Teacher Behind That Emotional Performance at the Tony Awards," 10 June 2018 Even some of the most rational NBA front offices acted irrationally. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The NBA’s Billion-Dollar Bear Market," 31 July 2018 Colangelo is a two-time Executive of the Year Award winner and has served as a top executive in NBA front offices with three different teams – the Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and 76ers. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Philadelphia 76ers executive Bryan Colangelo resigns over social media scandal," 7 June 2018 Strong Pro Day showing from Boston College's Jerome Robinson, who appears to have quite a few fans in NBA front offices. Andrew Mahoney,, "Ky Bowman withdraws from NBA Draft, will return to Boston College," 30 May 2018 The landscape of front offices is changing across baseball, as owners are increasingly relying on bright, young executives who are well-versed in analytics. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Baseball and Union Point Fingers Over Free-Agent Stalemate," 6 Feb. 2018 Such poor numbers for any Yankee pitcher — against Boston and at home — cannot be overlooked by the front office. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Sonny Gray Is Battered by Red Sox, Emphasizing Yankees’ Need for Rotation Help," 30 June 2018 Red was a great player, a great manager, and a wonderful mentor to countless players, coaches, and members of the front office. Houston Chronicle, "Red Schoendienst dies at 95, was oldest living Hall of Famer," 6 June 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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