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front for (someone or something)

1. verb To seem reputable in order to hide underhanded or illegal activities. Oh, come on, everybody knows that restaurant just fronts for the mob!
2. verb To handle or represent something publicly for someone or something. Don't worry, our lawyer will front for us—we don't have to speak to the press.
3. noun Something reputable that hides the underhanded or illegal activities of someone or something. Oh, come on, everybody knows that restaurant is just a front for the mob!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

front for someone or something

to serve as the public contact or public "face" for someone or something. Her publicity agent fronted for her most of the time. Max fronted for a gang of thieves.
See also: for, front
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

front for

1. To appear to operate with a legitimate purpose in order to conceal the operation of something or someone: The grocery store was actually fronting for a group of smugglers.
2. To serve as a cover for or representative of someone or something: Leave the negotiations up to me—I'll front for you.
See also: for, front
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The figure sequentially shows the motion of a particle at the flow front for the constrained case.
The NLG has been intimately and openly involved with the Communist Party USA, Fidel Castro, and such terrorist groups as the Weather Underground, the Black Liberation Army, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the Puerto Rican Armed Forces of National Liberation.
The PNF, as it took shape in 1974, included representatives of the Jordanian Communist Party, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), Fatah, and the Ba'th Party, as well as labor, student, professional, and women's groups.(21) As such, the Front was a composite of communist and left-nationalist organizations.
Nayif Hawatmah, Secretary General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, 18 November 1979," PAD 1979 (1981), p.