\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

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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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And while a handful of the cars up front obviously belonged to enthusiasts, the vast majority were much more… suburban. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Forget lap times; this car control class makes teen drivers safer," 6 Nov. 2018 As Eugenie and Jack's vows unfolded in St. George's Chapel, Kate was up front and center, appearing directly behind the happy couple during the ceremony. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell Make an Unexpected Appearance at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Seen in New York City on October 9, Kendall stepped out in a thin knit orange-red turtleneck sweater and lace-up front leather pants. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Went Braless In a See-Through Orange Turtleneck," 10 Oct. 2018 One would imagine a pairing of Zaha and Batshuayi up front next season would yield plenty of goals. SI.com, "Dortmund to Make Approach for Crystal Palace Attacker as They Brace for Yarmolenko Departure," 8 July 2018 Argentina’s Starting Lineup Argentina drops Aguero again, and starts with Di Maria and Pavon up front flanking Messi. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Messi Exits the World Cup. Hours Later, So Does Ronaldo.," 1 July 2018 Since the promotion of Mario Cristobal to head coach, Oregon has clearly made an effort to get bigger and stronger up front, particularly along the offensive and defensive lines. Andrew Nemec, OregonLive.com, "Siaki Ika, 361-pound 4-star DT, visiting Oregon Ducks," 12 June 2018 Air Force didn’t get much help up front, either, ranking No. Iliana Limón Romero, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Air Force is projected to be bowl eligible, No. 78 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 10 June 2018 In Thursday's practice, Brazil coach Tite used Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus up front. Mauricio Savarese, chicagotribune.com, "Neymar left out of starting squad during Brazil practice," 31 May 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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