Definition of shirtfront in US English:



  • 1The front part of a shirt.

    • ‘We are a small group of writers and we have long lunches and I usually end up with gravy down my shirt front.’
    • ‘With a gasp she buried her face in his shirt front.’
    • ‘The stiff interfacing that makes the collar work would make the shirt front too rigid to hang properly.’
    • ‘The only time to tuck a napkin into a shirt front is when you are a guest at a crab feast or picnic.’
    • ‘As he drew close he noticed a red stain spreading on the dead man's shirt front.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the shirt pattern, trim off the hem allowances on the sleeve and shirt front and back lower edges.’
    • ‘He jumped out of his chair, jostling a waiter who spilled coffee down Iger's shirt front, ruining his tie.’
    • ‘He grabbed the man by his shirt front and pulled him to his feet.’
    • ‘The burger started shedding lettuce shreds and tomato seeds 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’
    • ‘Goddard went on Twitter to praise the shirtfront that Kelly laid on him during Friday night's win to the Cats.’
    • ‘The younger Brown had an instinctive facility for marking his arrival at a contest with a perfectly-timed shirtfront.’
    • ‘In modern footy parlance, toughness no longer means being the guy you'd least like to receive a shirtfront from.’
    • ‘In a triumph of AFL rebranding, the players who leave themselves open to a shirtfront are now the hard men.’
    • ‘Suns defender Steven May set the tone back then when he pulled off a huge shirtfront on Zorko in the first quarter.’
    • ‘His run of 158 matches for the Blues was abruptly ended at the MCG by way of a vicious shirtfront which left him with concussion and a broken jaw.’


[with object]Australian
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He carried his Australian rules passion beyond school into club matches until the day he was shirtfronted and badly winded by an opponent.’
    • ‘Chambers shirtfronted Habana just as he kicked ahead close to the line.’
    • ‘Jordan kicked 7.4 before Xavs forward Scott Mollard shirtfronted him early in the last quarter.’
    • ‘The team's best tagger, Ray Bartholomew, was shirtfronted by Spaanderman early in the game.’
    1. 1.1 Forcefully collide with.
      ‘the move follows complaints about out-of-control skaters, including one incident last week when a shopper was shirtfronted’
      • ‘Cricket became a contact sport as Andrew Symonds shirt-fronted a streaker at the Gabba last night.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 Vigorously confront or challenge.
      ‘he shirtfronted Skelton when he arrived in Alice Springs ahead of the election, demanding that he declare his relationship with Rogers’
      • ‘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."’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He showed admirable spunk yesterday when he shirt-fronted Rudd after his press conference at Garden Island.’
      • ‘It was a different story last year when Labor MPs shirt-fronted Pyne at the same nightspot for a frank discussion on electoral rorts.’
      • ‘In recent weeks, he's been shirt-fronting his own government, questioning cuts to single mother benefits.’
      • ‘Both had blamed each other for the crash and shirtfronted one another in a confrontation seen by the national TV audience watching the event.’
      • ‘One fan shirtfronted the captain in a bar and said: "You let us down. We're really disappointed in you."’