2021-01-30 20:34:10 UTC
Some dictonaries (about 20 years old) seem to ignore "up front"
totally. Many (from today) do give an explanations but they explain
only the two figurative meanings "in advance" (of a payment) and
"frank, forthright". As a learner, I sometimes encounter uses as
|Sit up front and toward the middle
|- the so-called 'zone of participation'
where it means "in the front", which is only explained
in a few dictionaries. In
|up front teaching
(or maybe "up-front teaching"), it seems to have the meaning
"teaching with the teacher up front" where "up front" now
has the meaning "being in a leading position". This meaning
is given in a few dictionary, but not with the explanantion
of the transfer from "teacher" to "teaching".
Finally, with verbs of motion, as in
|to go up front
, it can mean "to the front" - a meaning I did not find in any
And if you read until here: "No questions asked" also can be
a kind of an idiom, meaning "not nosey" as in
|They rent these things out by
|the hour, no questions asked.
(although the meaning here also is the literal meaning).
And if you read until here: "nosey" may also be spelled "nosy".
And if you read until here: "spelled" may also be spelled "spelt".