Posted by DH on December 02, 2004
In Reply to: More front than Myers posted by David FG on December 02, 2004
: : : : In a recent, rather heated discussion with my partner, I told him he had more front than Myers. Meaning, he was all show and no substance and had a real hide doing some of the things he was doing, and getting away with it. ie. More front that a Myers display window.
: : : : Myers is a department store chain in Australia, much like the nature of Bloomingdales and Harrods. Originally, it was only in Victoria (it's now national). While in New South Wales they had alternatives such as Grace Bros and David Jones. I can't say I've heard anyone in NSW say 'more front that DJs', so it might just be a Victorian term.
: : : : My question is, is this term "More front than ..." also used in other countries. ie. Do New Yorkers say 'more front that Bloomingdales' or 'Londoners say more front that Harrods'? ---GODDESS
: : : I've not heard that one here with any department store. In the UK they'll say "he has a lot of front" or similar. I've not heard "front" used in that sense in the US either. Maybe another North American has.
: : Negative on the US usage. However, "more balls than Spaulding", has been heard infrequently.
: I have heard, in the UK, 'more front than Sainsbury's' used in 'mockney' (mock cockney) speech.
I get 121 hits on "more front than a row of houses"--DH