to face the music
Face Face (f[=a]s), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Faced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Facing}.] 1. To meet in front; to oppose with firmness; to resist, or to meet for the purpose of stopping or opposing; to confront; to encounter; as, to face an enemy in the field of battle. [1913 Webster]

I'll face This tempest, and deserve the name of king. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To Confront impudently; to bully. [1913 Webster]

I will neither be facednor braved. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To stand opposite to; to stand with the face or front toward; to front upon; as, the apartments of the general faced the park; some of the seats on the train faced backward. [1913 Webster]

He gained also with his forces that part of Britain which faces Ireland. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. To cover in front, for ornament, protection, etc.; to put a facing upon; as, a building faced with marble. [1913 Webster]

5. To line near the edge, esp. with a different material; as, to face the front of a coat, or the bottom of a dress. [1913 Webster]

6. To cover with better, or better appearing, material than the mass consists of, for purpose of deception, as the surface of a box of tea, a barrel of sugar, etc. [1913 Webster]

7. (Mach.) To make the surface of (anything) flat or smooth; to dress the face of (a stone, a casting, etc.); esp., in turning, to shape or smooth the flat surface of, as distinguished from the cylindrical surface. [1913 Webster]

8. To cause to turn or present a face or front, as in a particular direction. [1913 Webster]

{To face down}, to put down by bold or impudent opposition. ``He faced men down.'' --Prior.

{To face (a thing) out}, to persist boldly or impudently in an assertion or in a line of conduct. ``That thinks with oaths to face the matter out.'' --Shak.

{to face the music} to admit error and accept reprimand or punishment as a consequence for having failed or having done something wrong; to willingly experience an unpleasant situation out of a sense of duty or obligation; as, as soon as he broke the window with the football, Billy knew he would have to face the music. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • face the music — {v. phr.}, {informal} To go through trouble or danger, especially because of something you did; accept your punishment. * /The boy was caught cheating in an examination and had to face the music./ * /The official who had been taking bribes was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • face the music — {v. phr.}, {informal} To go through trouble or danger, especially because of something you did; accept your punishment. * /The boy was caught cheating in an examination and had to face the music./ * /The official who had been taking bribes was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Face the Music (game show) — Face the Music was an American television game show that aired in syndication from January 1980 to September 1981. The show tested contestants knowledge of popular music songs, and association of song titles with famous people, places and things …   Wikipedia

  • Face the Music (Electric Light Orchestra album) — Infobox Album | Name = Face the Music Type = Studio album Artist = Electric Light Orchestra Released = October 2, 1975 September 11, 2006 (reissue) Recorded = Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany Genre = Rock, Art rock Length = 36:20 Label = United …   Wikipedia

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  • Face the Music (TV series) — Not to be confused with an unrelated American TV series of the same name. Face the Music was a BBC television series about classical music. It began in 1966 and continued until 1979, with revivals in 1983 4 and 2007.The programme was in the form… …   Wikipedia

  • face the music — phrasal to meet an unpleasant situation, a danger, or the consequences of one s actions …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To face a thing out — Face Face (f[=a]s), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Faced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Facing}.] 1. To meet in front; to oppose with firmness; to resist, or to meet for the purpose of stopping or opposing; to confront; to encounter; as, to face an enemy in the field… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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