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