up-front

adjective \ ˌəp-ˈfrənt , ˈəp-ˌfrənt \

Definition of up-front

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

First Known Use of up-front

1945


up front

adverb

Definition of up front

1 :in or at the front
2 :in advance
3 :in an up-front manner :frankly, forthrightly

First Known Use of up front

1937


UP-FRONT Defined for English Language Learners

up-front

adjective

Definition of up-front for English Language Learners

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



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