front money

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front money (uncountable)

  1. (business) Money paid for goods or services in advance, sometimes through an intermediary.
    • 1997, Joseph Wambaugh, Floaters[1], →ISBN, page 173:
      "I wouldn't have given him any front money. I don't trust him that much."
  2. (business) Capital which is required in order to establish a business and begin operations.
    • 1994, "Information Highwaymen," Business Week, 27 June(retrieved 19 Apr 2011):
      Promoters of SMR deals usually charge investors thousands of dollars in front money to help them obtain SMR licenses, and later solicit more money to build the systems.