When should I use the phrase "up front"? Can anyone explain giving some examples?

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    This is the kind of question where you should really try to find the information yourself, as it is readily available, and readily findable. Then, if you're still confused, tell us what you've discovered so far, and explain why you're still confused, and the community will be glad to help you out. – J.R. Apr 15 '13 at 9:34

In a financial context, it means paying before goods or services are provided. More generally, to be up front means not to hide anything in your dealings with others.

Here are some examples of usage:

The minister for the Department of Health was up-front about his previous role as a director of a private hospital.

The car costs $10,000 total over three years, but with a $2,000 up-front deposit.

We had an up-front and frank discussion about how we thought the contract was going. It was nice to hear some open and honest views for a change.

I'm going to be up-front with you. The business is doing badly, and we're going to have to lay-off two thirds of the staff.

  • Can you give examples of its usages? – SanjeevRai Apr 15 '13 at 7:28
  • Have you tried Google? – Barrie England Apr 15 '13 at 8:32
  • I have googled it but get confused as at some places it shows 'upfront' means 'in advance', is it so? – SanjeevRai Apr 15 '13 at 8:57
  • Could be. It can have a number of meanings depending on the context. – Barrie England Apr 15 '13 at 8:59
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    @SanjeevRai: I've added some examples of usage to Barrie's excellent answer. – Matt Apr 15 '13 at 9:16

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