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  1. 1
    if you pay for work or goods up front, you pay for them before you receive them

    She wants half her fee up front.

  2. 2
    informal in the part of something that is farthest forward

    There are some spare seats up front.

  3. 3
    if you tell someone something up front, you are very honest from the beginning about something that might affect them

    They warned us up front of the risk.


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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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