from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Straightforward; frank.
  • adj. Paid or due in advance: up-front cash.
  • adv. In advance; beforehand: demanded to be paid up front for the photographs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Alternative spelling of upfront.
  • adv. Alternative spelling of upfront.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The wines are characterized by up-front, opulent, ripe-berry aromatics and a minerality on the palate.

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  • Most of the Champenois never traditionally took rosé very seriously but they have gladly met demand - some of them somewhat cynically, given the prevalence of what one anonymous industry insider calls "up-front, tits-out, TOWIE-style pink".

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  • And though strange to the auslanders to the military spouse community, being a deployment husband is always up-front to the world, and with chivalry to the spouse.

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  • What Shutler calls "intimidating up-front costs" extended to the heating system.

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  • Investors might not even be convinced by up-front promises from Germany and others that they wouldn't chase after their money from the defaulting government.

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  • Unlike its rivals Vanguard Group and Fidelity Investments, Capital Group eschewed advertising and charged investors up-front fees to join its funds.

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  • Mr. Fehrenbach said Bosch booked an earnings charge of around €1 billion last year due to up-front costs for the company's push into the fields of electric mobility and renewable energy as well as unfavorable currency fluctuations and rising raw material prices.

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  • "This is a clear indication that customers...are willing to enter into up-front deals again," he said.

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  • The offer from Tottenham, whose elevation to the Champions League has been reflected in bids of £38m for Sergio Aguero, £25m for Fernando Llorente and £25m for Andy Carroll, was not even £500,000 up-front, with Harry Redknapp looking to pay in two instalments for a player whose versatility and leadership he wanted to bring to White Hart Lane.

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  • This brings heavy up-front costs, but he has persuaded his colleagues that it is an investment worth making.

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