Meaning of front money

front' mon"ey

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. money paid in advance, as for goods or services, to a commission agent or the like.
  2. capital necessary to begin a business enterprise.
  3. Also calledmoney furnished by a company to a financier under a promise to procure funds for it.
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