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1. In front and outside of a building. Sir, there's a man out front who says he needs to inspect our offices. We'll put our jack-o'-lanterns out front after we're done carving them.
2. Ahead of the others in a competition or contest. She's been way out front in the polls ever since her opponent's tax indiscretions became public. Surprising everyone, the runner from Scotland went way out front early on in the race and never gave up an inch.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. in the front of one's house. Our mailbox is out front. We have a spruce tree out front and a maple tree in the back.
2. leading, as in a race. My horse was out front by two lengths until the final turn. The other candidate is out front in the polls.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
In front of a building or house, as in We really need to put another light out front, or I'll meet you at the museum, out front. The antonym, referring to the back of a building, is out back, as in John's out back fixing his bike. The noun front has been used for the side of a building where the main entrance is located since the mid-1300s; back for the rear of a building dates from the late 1300s.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.