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Hi

What is the difference between "in front" and "out front"?

I'm reading a story about a hotel clerk, and in the story there're many "out front"s are used. Like, "I'm still standing out front and can't believe what's happening" or "while out front smoking I see a couple wonder up from the bluffs." But I sometimes I feel like he is in the lobby, and sometimes just in front of the entrance door.

Where is it by definition? Is there any definition?

Thank you,
M
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'Out front' should normally be referring to outside, but if it is the reception clerk, then 'out front' could be referring to outside his reception counter.
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Thank you. So my understanding must correct. I don't know how I should read it..
M