face the music

Meaning(s)

1. accept criticism or punishment for something you have done wrong

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you're going to have to face the music

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The idiom to face the music means to except reality criticism or the negative effects of something you have done. When you face the music you are confronted with the consequences of your actions.

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  1. The police caught you red-handed. There's no way out of this - you're going to have to face the music.
  2. It's time to face the music, you're going to fail college if you don't put some serious effort in.

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  1. I didn't want to be the one facing the music for the project's failure, so I threw a colleague of mine under the bus to save my skin.
  2. As soon as I failed to get the deal over the line, I had to meet my boss and face the music.

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