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front

1. verb To pay for some item or service before it is rendered. Don't front too much money for Richie's latest scheme—it's bound to fail, like all the others. I had to front the dealer $2,000 for my new car.
2. verb, slang To confront or accost someone. I wouldn't front those guys, they're dangerous!
3. verb, slang To act inauthentically; to put on a front. A: "Kelly's no party girl, so I don't know why she feels like she has to front." B: "Probably so those dumb sorority girls will like her."
4. noun Something reputable that hides underhanded or illegal activities. You know their restaurant is just a front, right? Those guys are really in the mob.
5. noun A manner of inauthentic behavior. You don't have to put up a front for me, I'm your best friend—you can tell me how you're really feeling.

front someone some amount of money

to provide an advance payment of some amount to someone. The buyer fronted me half the purchase price as a favor.
See also: amount, front, money, of

front

1. in. to pay out money in advance of receiving goods; to pay up front. (see also front money.) I fronted about $550 for the new computer.
2. n. a respectable appearance. Jan can put up a good front, but most of us know the real Jan.
3. in. to pretend; to lie. Stop fronting and be yourself.
4. tv. to challenge someone; to confront someone, perhaps in anger. Don’t front me unless you are ready for a fight.

fronts

n. clothing; a sports jacket. You got some good-looking fronts there.
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References in classic literature ?
'Oh, come,' rejoined Mrs Browdie, disregarding all the endeavours of her spouse to restrain her, and forcing herself into a front row,
Set aside what you need easy access to--that stuff's going on top or in a reachable front pocket Decide what needs easy-reach priority by putting little items, like makeup or nutrition bars, in separate cases, like small makeup cases, instead of everything mixing into one big mess in a front pocket." If you don't have money for little cases, use plastic sandwich bags.