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front sb. (1 the usual S. sense)
1. forehead, (hence) face John II. i. 356 “these royal f-'s,” R3 I. i. 9 “smooth'd his wrinkled ,” Mac. IV. iii. 231; transf. 1H4 III. i. 14 “ of heaven” (cf. Lr. II. ii. 114 “flickering Phœbus' ” ), H5 I. Chor. 21; phr. Oth. I. iii. 80 “head and of my offending,” III. i. 52 “To take the saf'st occasion by the front.”
2. foremost line of battle 3H6 I. i. 8, Cor. I. vi. 8 (with pun on sense 1), Ant. V. i. 44.
3. first period, beginning Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 3 “April's ,” Sonn. cii. 7 “summer's front.”
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