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shirtfront Syllabification: shirt·front
Pronunciation: /ˈSHərtˌfrənt/

Definition of shirtfront in English:


1The front part of a shirt.
Example sentences
  • I have always wondered about the best way to crack a crab, a method that won't leave your thumbs bruised and shirt front splattered.
  • The burger started shedding lettuce shreds and tomato seeds down my shirt front.
  • The only time to tuck a napkin into a shirt front is when you are a guest at a crab feast or picnic.
2Australian informal (In Australian Rules) an act of charging into an opponent’s chest, typically so as to knock them to the ground: the skipper was booked for a late shirtfront
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  • In a triumph of AFL rebranding, the players who leave themselves open to a shirtfront are now the hard men.
  • The younger Brown had an instinctive facility for marking his arrival at a contest with a perfectly-timed shirtfront.
  • Suns defender Steven May set the tone back then when he pulled off a huge shirtfront on Zorko in the first quarter.


[with object] Australian informal Back to top  
1(In Australian Rules) charge into the chest of (an opponent), typically so as to knock them to the ground: he shirtfronted a Collingwood player in front of the Ryder Stand at Victoria Park
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  • He carried his Australian rules passion beyond school into club matches until the day he was shirtfronted and badly winded by an opponent.
  • The team's best tagger, Ray Bartholomew, was shirtfronted by Spaanderman early in the game.
  • Chambers shirtfronted Habana just as he kicked ahead close to the line.
1.1Forcefully collide with: the move follows complaints about out-of-control skaters, including one incident last week when a shopper was shirtfronted
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  • He was shirt-fronted and knocked off his chair by the Victory captain as he attempted to pick up a ball at his feet late in the game.
  • Cricket became a contact sport as Andrew Symonds shirt-fronted a streaker at the Gabba last night.
  • I nearly shirtfronted Bob Davis who was hustling his way in the opposite direction on Collins St.
1.2Vigorously confront or challenge: he shirtfronted Skelton when he arrived in Alice Springs ahead of the election, demanding that he declare his relationship with Rogers
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  • This was a case of a deputy shirt-fronting her leader with an ultimatum and forcing a decision that would come close to wrecking the government's environmental credibility.
  • In recent weeks, he's been shirt-fronting his own government, questioning cuts to single mother benefits.
  • It was a different story last year when Labor MPs shirt-fronted Pyne at the same nightspot for a frank discussion on electoral rorts.

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