in front of

Idiom Definition 1

"in front of"

in the presence of

Idiom Definition - in front of


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Idiom Definition 2

"in front of"

facing a person or group

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - in front of

A couple, witnessed by their children, are having an argument ...

Husband:  Why are you always spending so much money?

Wife:  What do you mean?  I only bought two pairs of shoes this week.

Husband:  Do you want me to take away your credit cards?

Wife:  Do you really want to be arguing about money in front of the children?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - in front of

Two politicians are talking ...

Politician 1:  Are you ready to give your speech?

Politician 2:  The speech is ready. I'm not sure if I am.

Politician 1:  Why is that?

Politician 2:  No matter how many speeches I give, I still get a little nervous when I go up in front of an audience.

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in front of - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for in front of.

in front of - Examples:

1)  Romney did not have his lawyers argue in front of the Massachusetts State Supreme Court that it was a tax. 

2)  He probably hadn't performed in front of a large audience in years. 

3)  He gets up in front of his African-American and La Raza crowds and just starts wailing away.

4)  I would invite Petraeus out for drinks along with my wife, then in front of Petraeus I would say nicely, but very matter-of-factly to my wife ...

5)  So confused by the "wouldn't kiss your father in front of people so don't kiss a boy in public either" thing. 

6)  Why weren't they in front of judges before the ink dried on the results' certification papers?

7)  The constitution is being shredded right in front of us and congress is worthless.

8)  He almost breaks down in front of Sam.

9)  He was very shy off stage in front of girls because he was tall and thin.

10)  Marketing is gently aligning external forces to craft the right message and get it in front of the right people at the right time. 

11)  He said that if Luis ever told anyone he would beat him up in front of all the other kids in his class.

12)  It must have seemed weird for him to play his acoustic guitar in front of all those people in Philadelphia that day.

13)  He played solo sets all through tour' 84 in front of open air crowds. 

14)  He couldn't bring himself to say it in front of an old woman. 

15)  I would have killed her in front of all those people and had to go to jail for it.

16)  There's something faintly obscene about performing that intimacy in front of everyone you know.

17)  I did it in front of a giant squished up crowd in the stinking hot summer.

18)  I worked on a case in front of Judge Sotomayor a few years ago.

19)  If you've never stood in front of a classroom, try it someday. It's a very revealing experience.

20)  They are ashamed afterward. They don't want to look cowardly in front of the others.