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or up-front  (ŭp′frŭnt′)Informal
1. Straightforward; frank.
2. Paid or due in advance: upfront cash.
adv. also up front
In advance; beforehand: demanded to be paid up front for the photographs.

up′front′ness n.
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adj. Also, up′front′.
1. invested or paid in advance or as beginning capital: an up-front fee of five percent.
2. honest; candid; straightforward.
3. conspicuous or prominent.
4. in advance; initially: They asked for $1,000 up-front.
Also, up′ front′.
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up front
1. open, frank, honest, candid, direct, above board You can't help being biased so you may as well be up front about it.
2. advance, initial, introductory up-front charges
1. in advance, initially, beforehand Some companies charge a fee up front.
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[ˌʌpˈfrʌnt] (fam)
1. adjfranco/a, aperto/a
upfront payment → pagamento immediato
2. adv (pay) → in anticipo
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