up front adv.
1. in advance, esp. of money paid for illegal activities, e.g. drug purchases.
|Lonely Londoners 127: Five was a fellar, from the time he see you, he out to borrow money [...] So that all the boys start to take in front.|
|Essential Lenny Bruce 145: Can I get some bread in front here?|
|Digger’s Game (1981) 26: Eighty K in front from them.|
|Jones Men 48: I figure these people’ll want at least half their money up front.|
|A-Team Storybook 55: That’s up front [...] There’s another hundred if the mining stops.|
|Homeboy 14: To schlep a girl back to a hotel cost two hundred up front.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] [I]f a junkie wants to use my taxi to go cruising fuckin Dublin for drugs, then he pays up front.|
|Black Tide (2012) [ebook] ‘It’s [i.e. a payment] got to be up front’ [...] ‘What’s the figure?’.|
|Layer Cake 103: You pull up ya cash up front, then you can do what ya like.|
|Chicken (2003) 29: get the money up front!|
2. openly, without deception.
|Best that Ever Did It (1957) 16: I’m telling you in front, I don’t go in for shootings, or any rough stuff.|
|No Beast So Fierce 218: She’s down on you in front.|
|Clockers 8: At least with enemies, you know what they were right up front.|
|Grand Central Winter (1999) 64: That’s Bold Gold. Worn gangsta-style. Up-front and In-Your-Face.|
3. (orig. US black) first, at the start.
|Hiparama of the Classics 20: Them Christian Cats sayin’ that yo ain’t no where and [...] if you was to be somewhere you’d be no where anyway ’cause you ain’t no where, IN FRONT!|
|Serial 95: I’m telling you upfront, you can’t move in with me.|
|Muscle for the Wing 111: You’re dangerously fuckin’ confused about me. I want you to know that up-front.|
|Powder 66: What we’ll do [...] is tip off Chris Cowie way up front.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 198: I’d rather know up front, John, before we’re anymore involved.|
4. fig., in the foreground.
|Serial 13: For once in her life she ought to put her own needs right up front.|
5. (Aus.) in profit.
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 144: He bumps into two of his best mates and they’re half a million dollars in front.|
|Goodoo Goodoo 47: I’m five hundred bucks in front.|