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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Second, the front office did nothing to make the current roster better at midseason, choosing instead to send away a player who had hit 27 home runs and was extremely popular in the clubhouse for a prospect. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Analysis: Will Padres manager Andy Green return in 2020? Stay tuned," 5 Sep. 2019 Last Thursday evening, the front office was struggling to receive anything close to fair value in return for trading Jadeveon Clowney. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "What to know about new Texans Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills, Carlos Hyde," 3 Sep. 2019 But there’s no real telling how this front office will handle pitchers who aren’t ready — Akin being parked in Triple-A all year notwithstanding. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Orioles reset: No matter the September call-ups, youth has been served for the Orioles this season," 2 Sep. 2019 My sense is more offensive linemen will soon be coming to Berea as the front office looks for more depth. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Browns Scribbles: Taking a risk at punter, adding help at receiver," 1 Sep. 2019 The front office agrees that the protection and deployment of Watson last year bordered on criminality. Conor Orr,, "Texans’ Frantic Trades Expose the Franchise’s Lack of Vision and Direction," 31 Aug. 2019 Don’t be surprised if the front office considers available options at offensive tackle and cornerback — Kevin Toliver had a shaky preseason. Dan Wiederer,, "The Bears 53-man roster is set — for now. Here’s a detailed breakdown plus analysis from our team of reporters," 30 Aug. 2019 Does Black have complete control over daily lineups and roles of specific pitchers or does the front office set the lineup each day? Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Rockies Mailbag: Bud Black can only work with the pitchers he has. Will it be enough in 2020?," 28 Aug. 2019 The front office includes an educational Panopticon - an office administrator who will have views of the main approach, the vestibule and some of the hallways from one seat, Slagle said. The Washington Post,, "New high school in Michigan designed to cut the killing potential of a mass shooter," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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