\ 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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The Schrier campaign is pretending last week’s debate never happened, when Dino addressed this issue and was up front with his beliefs. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Kim Schrier and allies seek to highlight abortion stance of Dino Rossi in 8th District race," 23 Oct. 2018 Milano, for her part, is up front about having bone-deep political disagreements with both Trump and Kavanaugh that go way beyond the current turmoil surrounding Ford’s allegations. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "#MeToo Advocate Alyssa Milano: Christine Blasey Ford Has 'Zero Reason to Lie' About Brett Kavanaugh," 21 Sep. 2018 Unlike some celebrities who like to keep a low profile, Jimmy is up front with his fans, often sharing personal details about his life on his show. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearny Have an Unexpected Love Story," 15 Sep. 2018 The most striking difference is up front with that spiky head. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Spiky-Headed Armored Dinosaur Discovered in Utah Was Basically a Tank," 20 July 2018 Couple that loss with a government mandate that the Postal Service pay its pension obligations up front, there is no question that the U.S. Postal Service is hurting. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Dear President Trump: Please don't hurt the U.S. Postal Service," 13 Apr. 2018 Defensively, the Utes were hit hard by attrition at linebacker and safety but should be outstanding on the edge and up front. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "Way-too-early Pac-12 football predictions: Can Washington rule the North once again?," 23 Jan. 2019 Other companies, including Taco Bell, cover up to $5,000 or so a year in costs up front and negotiate deals on textbooks and other student services for employees. Kelsey Gee, WSJ, "Now Hiring, With Attractive New Perk: Free College Degree," 2 Jan. 2019 Seattle could look to bring in some new bodies up front. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Which Seahawks free agents might stay and which might go as Seattle enters the offseason?," 6 Jan. 2019

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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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