shirtfront

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

shirt +‎ front

Noun[edit]

shirtfront (plural shirtfronts)

  1. The front part of a shirt.
  2. A detachable insert that simulates the front of a shirt.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, The Celebrity:
      I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me. I look upon notoriety with the same indifference as on the buttons on a man's shirt-front, or the crest on his note-paper.
  3. (cricket) A term used in cricket to refer to a pitch that is easy to bat on.
  4. (Australian rules football) A head-on charge aimed at bumping an opponent to the ground.

Verb[edit]

shirtfront (third-person singular simple present shirtfronts, present participle shirtfronting, simple past and past participle shirtfronted)

  1. (transitive, Australia, politics) To confront in a threatening manner.
    • 2014, Philip Chubb, Power Failure
      This was a case of a deputy shirtfronting her leader with an ultimatum and forcing a decision that would come close to wrecking the government's environmental credibility.