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Front and center

adverb phrase

To the position of maximum prominence: Because of political instability and a lack of moral leadership, race has once again moved front and center in the American mind

[1940s+ fr armed forces; fr the position in front of a military formation where a singled-out soldier presents himself or herself]
In the most prominent position, as in You couldn’t miss John—he was front and center in that presentation. This expression alludes to the best and usually most expensive seats in a theater.


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