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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!
See also: for, front
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

v.
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 most important thing is we don't have the money, so we must let the private sector do it but we must make sure they are genuine, and not a front for someone else,' he said.
Sources said the company could be a front for someone and many directors are suspected to be fake.
Mr Jones said he feared Mr Bhatti, of Warwick Road, Acocks Green, was "a front for someone else" during a public enquiry at the commissioner's offices in Edgbaston.
"The way your evidence is coming across it seems you are basically clueless and a front for someone else," said Mr Jones.
There have been rumours that Whyte is a front for someone else but the Motherwell-born entrepreneur is very much his own man.
Bombarded with this evidence, he rapidly changed his tune and whimpered: "I was just a front for someone else." We asked him who, but he refused to name him or her.
You pay a lump sum up front for someone else's life policy, have it reassigned to you and continue to meet the regular premiums.