front money n.
1. any form of money paid over in advance.
|in Collier’s 8 Aug. 30: Expense money [...] ‘front’ money [HDAS].|
|Sun (N.Y.) 19 Feb. 28/2: ‘Front money’ is advance commission to a salesman.|
|No Beast So Fierce 119: I had thought of asking him for ‘front’ money for weapons.|
|Hard Candy (1990) 82: We’d split the front money too.|
|in Damon Runyon (1992) 117: Dugan [...] interviewed arsonists, all of whom wanted either a piece of the insurance or front money.|
|Inside the Ropes with Jesse Ventura 69: You can do a book deal with no front money and it can still make a ton of money.|
2. (US) money to show and impress others.
|Und. Speaks 42/2: Front money, money used to put on a good appearance.|
|Pal Joey 78: She would have the front money.|
3. (drugs) money advanced to a dealer for the purchase of drugs.
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 98: front [...] also front money. Payment in advance for drugs.|
|Carlito’s Way 62: Have fifty ready for him — front money.|