home front


: the sphere of civilian activity in war

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web By fortifying the 'home front,' our economic assistance is helping make possible Ukraine's stalwart frontline defense against Russia. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 27 Feb. 2023 Wife Janelle could pull unapologetically long hours at the office knowing that Christine, a stay-at-home mom, was managing the home front. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2023 But even without Starlink, the pull to be connected to home and to family — especially in such a brutal conflict, where even the home front is targeted by Russian missile strikes — is sometimes too powerful for Ukrainian troops to resist. Yousur Al-hlou, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2023 China is facing a difficult home front situation as COVID-19 infections have exploded across the country, with over 18 million people infected and roughly 9,000 people dying each day, according to U.K. research firm Airfinity. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 30 Dec. 2022 The planners were evaluating potential sites for their next park: a National Historic Site to commemorate Americans’ home front efforts during World War II. Corey Buhay, Outside Online, 26 Apr. 2016 On the other hand, Cold War conservatives and liberals slowly gathered around an expedient conviction that the central wrong of the Vietnam War wasn’t the war itself but rather the hostile treatment of veterans on the home front. Lyle Jeremy Rubin, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2022 As European countries have tried to counter this unjust war, Vladimir Putin has waged another assault on the Continent’s home front with abrupt cuts to energy supply, risking significant disruptions to European economies. Rahm Emanuel, WSJ, 4 Dec. 2022 This act of devotion on the home front signals hope for their relationship. Stefanie Milligan, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of home front was in 1917

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“Home front.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home%20front. Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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