\ ˌəp-ˈfrənt , ˈəp-ˌfrənt \

Definition of up-front 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: being or coming in or at the front: such as

a(1) : being in a conspicuous or leading position

(2) : frank, forthright

b : playing in a front line (as in football)

c : paid or payable in advance

up front


Definition of up front (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in or at the front

2 : in advance

3 : in an up-front manner : frankly, forthrightly

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As such, Liverpool would like to see the fee paid over the full length of his contract (five years on around £120,000-a-week), and not all up front. SI.com, "New Twist in Liverpool's Chase of Nabil Fekir as Contact With Lyon President Reignites Transfer Saga," 12 July 2018 Orders are placed at the cash register up front, then brought to you. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Filipino Specialty Best Paired With a Brew in the East Village," 5 July 2018 Kroger and Nuro said the grocer isn’t investing any money in the partnership up front. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Kroger Plans to Introduce Driverless Grocery Deliveries," 28 June 2018 The drug, acquired for just $5 million up front, turned Axovant into a darling of Wall Street with a multibillion-dollar valuation. Damian Garde, STAT, "Sign up for our BIO in 30 Seconds newsletter," 6 June 2018 Take Harden, Curry and Westbrook in the West backcourt, with Durant and Davis up front. Staff Report, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ roundtable: Discussing Bertans’ upside in San Antonio," 19 Jan. 2018 Torvik admits up front that coming up with these numbers is a difficult challenge, though that hasn't stopped him from creating a multi-layered process he's developed over time. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Whose playing time does Lagerald Vick impact most? Here's what one projection says," 10 July 2018 Cody O’Connell and Cole Madison were all-conference selections and their departures leave the offensive line in search of some stability up front. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Despite hurdles, Washington State is No. 48 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 10 July 2018 Ed Warinner's first spring as Michigan's offensive line coach brought plenty of conversation about how much simpler things have become in the post-Tim Drevno era up front. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Despite changes, Michigan football faces familiar questions on offense," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of up-front


1945, in the meaning defined above


1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of up-front was in 1937

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English Language Learners Definition of up-front

: not keeping anything secret or hidden : honest and direct

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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