Definition of front-load in US English:



[with object]
  • Distribute or allocate (costs, effort, etc.) unevenly, with the greater proportion at the beginning of the enterprise or process.

    • ‘Far more effective would have been a sharp, front-loaded and temporary tax cut aimed at middle- and low-income workers, who would have spent it quickly.’
    • ‘Music must follow that model, produce new entertainment that by its nature is impossible or difficult to rip, and that treats their new work as a fading asset and front-loads their compensation into the first few months.’
    • ‘The chief executive is keen to front-load the redundancy scheme by securing the bulk of exits early next year.’
    • ‘The party has already committed itself to an SSIA-type savings scheme for first-time house buyers, to abolishing stamp duty on homes costing up to €400,000, and to front-loading mortgage interest relief.’
    • ‘But in the salary-cap era, front-loading contracts and exorbitant signing bonuses severely hamper a franchise's room for manoeuvre and ability to challenge individuals with avarice in their hearts.’
    • ‘Future research might explore whether the front-loading or back-loading of therapy hours is most effective with in-home clients.’
    • ‘What we need, they say, is front-loaded temporary tax cuts.’
    • ‘‘They could have front-loaded the investment for this project and it would have been an indication that they were serious about their mantra of balanced regional development,’ she said.’
    • ‘The front-loaded analysis effort can be expensive in terms of dollars, time, data, and expertise.’
    • ‘That's partly because the company decided that the timing was right in the first quarter to do the bulk of this year's securitization, in effect front-loading a big chunk of 2003 profits.’
    • ‘For the last 18 months, the US has rejected Gordon Brown's peculiar idea of front-loading the next 30 years of aid to Africa, so more is paid now and less later.’
    • ‘This bill front-loads spending into the first five years, leaving vital programs under-funded in the years that follow.’
    • ‘We need to front-load this tax cut so that we can get things going again, and that's why we're strong proponents of that.’
    • ‘If management front-loads its estimate, the company looks incredibly profitable, then deteriorates in later years.’
    • ‘President Bush is moving with lightning speed to render his temporary tax cut plans permanent (without actually front-loading these tax cuts, which may have made them more stimulatory in the short term).’
    • ‘Since most students drop out during their first two years of college, front-loading of aid could prevent poor students from taking out loans while they still are trying to adjust to college.’
    • ‘Any front-loading proposal from the Education Department likely would need approval from the Republican-dominated Congress, which has had strained ties with the education agency in recent years.’
    • ‘And so, we're saying that this initiative, if it was a true emergency plan, they would front-load the spending.’
    • ‘Other changes in the EU mid-term review of the scheme, such as front-loading of REPS payments to small-holders, would affect participation.’