in front of


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in front of somebody

while other people are present Why did you have to embarrass me in front of all those people?
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in front of

1. Facing someone or a group, as in He was shy about speaking in front of a large audience. [Early 1600s]
2. In someone's presence, as in Let's not fight in front of the children. [Mid-1800s]
See also: front, of
References in classic literature ?
At about this limit of mental anarchy Father Brown's view was obscured altogether; for the City magnate in front of him rose to his full height and thrust his hands savagely into all his pockets.
Then went his animals again thoughtfully around him, and placed themselves once more in front of him.
In front of them they caught a glimpse of the road.
Mukhorty overtook them, and struck his hoofs against the back of the sledge in front of them.
I came in violent collision with a large woman in front of me (the man with the split coat had vanished), while those behind collided against me.
Our wagonette had topped a rise and in front of us rose the huge expanse of the moor, mottled with gnarled and craggy cairns and tors.
I see a great, great rock in front of us--look--way out there where the sky and the water meet.
Granet, a few days later, brought his car to a standstill in front of an ordinary five-barred gate upon which was painted in white letters "Market Burnham Hall.
They went into the little yard in front of the shed.
In front of the colors the three men began to bawl: "Come on
A spear's length in front of them sat the spare and long-limbed figure of Black Simon, the Norwich fighting man, his fierce, deep-lined face framed in steel, and the silk guidon marked with the five scarlet roses slanting over his right shoulder.
A baby falling down in front of the door, wrenched a scream like a wounded animal from its mother.
Almost opposite to this were the white and green blinds of the great scientist's house, an iron balcony, also painted green, running along in front of the first-floor windows.
The driver of the waggon seemed undecided, and the chauffeur, running slow but disregarding some shouted warning from the crossing policemen, swerved the auto to the left, violating the traffic rules, in order to pass in front of the waggon.
So imagine me seated in a grassy corner, with my knapsack open on the ground and my petticoat and silk stockings spread out in front of me,--an odd picture, to be sure, for any passer by to come upon.