To face the music

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • 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 .
    • To face the music to meet any disagreeable necessity, such as a reprimand for an error or misdeed, without flinching.
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Usage

In literature:

That was her pride: she wished not to be even suspected of not facing the music.
"A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly" by Henry James
There was only one thing to do, and that was stay and face the music.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
Better come with me to Vienna if you haven't the courage to face the music here.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
I must go to Plattsburgh, and face the music.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
She listened to his description of the music with flushed face and shining eyes.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
So I had either to face the music, prepare and preach two sermons a day, or ingloriously surrender.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
His face was turned up to her, the light glittered on his eyes and his teeth as he laughed, with a faint, musical neigh.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
It was clearly the man's duty to face the music.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Are you prepared to face the music?
"The White Lie" by William Le Queux
His face was intent; he seemed to search for something in the music that sounded as if it were getting nearer.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
If I'd ast you to walk up and face the music I could understand.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Well, here we were finally and at last, and now to face the music!
"The Land of Nome" by Lanier McKee
When holding music, never hold it high enough to cover your face from the audience.
"What Every Singer Should Know" by Millie Ryan
I wish you could have seen his face when his sister Minnie came into the parlor, a few moments after, to practise her music.
"More Mittens with The Doll's Wedding and Other Stories" by Frances Elizabeth Barrow
It means that a man is afraid, that he lacks the nerve to face the music.
"Pitching in a Pinch" by Christy Mathewson
I held my face to the pane on which a dismal music was drumming.
"Woman" by Magdeleine Marx
One of them is to face the music, never to run away.
"The Red Cross Girls with Pershing to Victory" by Margaret Vandercook
Sophy sat with her head resting upon her hands and her face very close to her companion's, keeping time with her feet to the music.
"The Hillman" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Cheerful conversation, music to some extent, and the society of pleasant faces had all been invoked.
"Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders" by William A. Alcott
A feller's got to grin and face the music.
"The Sheriff of Badger" by George B. Pattullo
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In poetry:

In an obscure and modest bard
To meet a galaxy so bright,—
Indeed, I find it rather hard
To face the music here to-night.
"The Donation Visit" by David John Scott
Three sweet things love lives upon:
Music, at whose fountain's brink
Still he stoops his face to drink;
Seeing, as the wave is drawn,
His own image rise and sink.
Three sweet things love lives upon.
"A Reed Shaken In The Wind" by Madison Julius Cawein
The rude sea-boy was all the name
That every tongue to Basil gave;
The rude sea wind had marr'd his face,
But his heart !...'twas Pity's resting place.
And he sung dirges for the dead,
In music like the mournful wave:
"Basil" by Anne Bannerman
I think of that friend too much moved by music
Who turned to games
And made a game of boredom,
Of that one too much moved by faces
Who turned his face to the wall, and of that marvelous liar
Who turned at last to truth.
"The Black Angel" by Henri Coulette
So he went along his chosen way, keeping his
little flock around him;
And he paused to listen, now and then, beside
the antique fountains,
Where the faces of forgotten gods were refreshed
with musically falling waters;
"Longfellow" by Henry Van Dyke
Give back--for thou hast more--
Give back the kindly words we loved so well,
Voices, whose music on the spirit fell,
But tenderness to pour;
The steps that never now around us tread,
Faces that haunt our sleep: give back, give back the dead.
"The Dying Year" by Mary Gardiner Horsford

In news:

Kim Kardashian's former publicist says it's time for her to face the music.
Time to face the music .
With waters rising, it's time to face the music .
When a parent, a boss, a co-worker or someone in a position of authority tells us that we have to ' face the music ,' we know we've probably done something wrong, and now we're in for a bit of trouble.
Time for Mongielo to face the music .
If he is convicted of this latest charge of violating the law, it's time for him to face the music .
If Bernie has taught us anything, it's to face the music .
Time for Brainerd woman to face the music .
Time to Face the Music .
David Harrington remembers the exact moment he decided to change the face of classical music.
Illinois' King of Clout is preparing to face the music.
In 2010, for instance, she immediately took to the stage to speak out against Arizona's SB 1070, the harsh anti-immigrant law that seemed like a slap in the face to her as a person whose music bridged the border.
With smiles on their faces, 858 guests were served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, along with entertainment, music and a chance to win door prizes during the annual Neosho R-5 Senior Citizens Banqu.
With smiles on their faces, 858 guests were served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, along with entertainment, music and a chance to win door prizes during the annual Neosho R-5 Senior Citizens Banquet, Friday at the Neosho Middle School.
Musical prodigies face a grind to get the glory (maybe).
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