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shirt +‎ front


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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, in 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 pitch that is easy to bat on.
  4. (Australian rules football) A head-on charge aimed at bumping an opponent to the ground.
  5. (real estate, slang) An attractive facade applied only to the front of a house.
    • 1927, The Bricklayer, Mason and Plasterer (volumes 30-32, page 100)
      It is explained that a "shirt front" building is one of which only the street elevation is given a finished architectural treatment, the sides and back being of cheaper material, with no attempt at unification with the front.
    • 1967, The Appraisal of Real Estate (page 132)
      False fronts, frequently called "shirt fronts," are futile attempts to make a small, cheap house pass for something larger and more valuable.



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.