front man

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1. also front man A man who serves as a nominal leader but who lacks real authority.
2. Music A man who is a lead singer of a group.
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front man



1. a nominal leader of an organization, etc, who lacks real power or authority, esp one who lends respectability to some nefarious activity. Gender-neutral form: figurehead
2. (Music, other) the leader or visual focus of a group of musicians, usually the singer
Also called: front person
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Noun1.front man - a person used as a cover for some questionable activityfront man - a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
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front man

n (fam) (representative) → prestanome m inv; (presenter) → presentatore m
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References in classic literature ?
The front man turned his head until his eyes met the eyes of the man behind.
QUETTA -- The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Balochistan, has handed over the agriculture land worth Rs382 million to the Balochistan government after the front man of the suspect of corruption scam in the finance department, Sohail Majeed Shah, failed to deposit the remaining amount of the plea bargain approved by the accountability court.
Lahore -- Manager of Ramzan Sugar Mills and front man of Sharif family Mohammad Mushtaq Cheeni has been arrested and handed over to NAB by FIA immigration officials at Lahore airport while attempting to flee to Dubai.
Meanwhile, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Monday also arrested from Lahore airport a man accused to be the front man of the Shehbaz Sharif family in the NAB reference against them with regard to the 'assets beyond means'.
The four-figure bid has been turned down, with Gateshead believed to be looking for PS30,000 for the 12-goal front man.
The Who front man starred in Ken Russell's 1975 flop movie Lisztomania.
ISLAMABAD -- Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested the ex Director General Pakistan Sports Board Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera , who was allegedly working as front man of ex Interior Minister, Ahsan Iqbal.
Legendary Supertramp front man John Helliwell will play a one-off gig atStoryhousein Chester in July.
He alleged that former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was a front man of Nawaz Sharif.
The band's front man Tomeletso Sereetsi said the sophomore album was much bigger and richer in sound compared to their first album and had more collaborators.
He mockingly likened Ahad Cheema with South African leader Nelson Mandela, and alleged that the former DG LDA, who had enjoyed key positions in the Punjab government, was actually the front man of Punjab Chief Minister.
Taking to his Twitter account, Imran Khan 'shamed' the bureaucracy and stated, 'Utterly shameful how bureaucracy belonging to PAS has chosen to protest over accountability and arrest of Cheema, clearly SS's [Shehbaz Sharif] front man. This union of the corrupt under the leadership of Godfather SS believes they are above the law.