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front-load [or] front load

fruhnt lod
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: front-loading, front-loaded, front-loads
definition 1: to assign the bulk of the expense or benefit of a financial process to its early stages.
The builder wanted to front-load the contract to cover his expenses in the early stages of the project, but he was forced to agree to payment at the end.
definition 2: to move and concentrate caucuses and party primaries to an earlier period before a general election than had previously been established.
Many states' attempts to play a more critical role in the presidential primary race have led them to front-load the primary election process, with most primaries now occurring in February or March.
derivation: front-loader (n.)