Definition of shirtfront in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHərtˌfrənt/


1The front part of a shirt.
Example sentences
  • The stiff interfacing that makes the collar work would make the shirt front too rigid to hang properly.
  • He grabbed the man by his shirt front and pulled him to his feet.
  • We are a small group of writers and we have long lunches and I usually end up with gravy down my shirt front.
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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  • Goddard went on Twitter to praise the shirtfront that Kelly laid on him during Friday night's win to the Cats.
  • Suns defender Steven May set the tone back then when he pulled off a huge shirtfront on Zorko in the first quarter.
  • The younger Brown had an instinctive facility for marking his arrival at a contest with a perfectly-timed shirtfront.


[with object] Australian informal
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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  • Jordan kicked 7.4 before Xavs forward Scott Mollard shirtfronted him early in the last quarter.
  • Hunt highlighted his toughness in the Suns' last pre-season match against the Brisbane Lions when he was accidentally shirtfronted by a teammate in a marking contest.
  • 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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  • The Prime Minister was shirtfronted by a highly agitated and aggressive support clerk, who appeared to be engaged in a dispute with a colleague
  • I nearly shirtfronted Bob Davis who was hustling his way in the opposite direction on Collins St.
  • Cricket became a contact sport as Andrew Symonds shirt-fronted a streaker at the Gabba last night.
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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  • It's about time that if Australia believes in freedom of speech we should shirtfront these people who have made such a nonsense of it.
  • He hit world headlines after threatening to "shirtfront" the Russian president but has since toned down his language.
  • The truth, concedes the hard man whose law firm shirtfronted the State Government over the affair, is that he doubts "I could have done a better job myself and nor could anyone else I can think of."

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Syllabification: shirt·front

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