face the music

face the music
Fig. to receive punishment; to accept the unpleasant results of one's actions. •

Mary broke a dining-room window and had to face the music when her father got home.

After failing a math test, Tom had to go home and face the music.

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{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 exposed by a newspaper, and had to face the music./ * /George knew his mother would cry when he told her, but he decided to go home and face the music./ Compare: MAKE ONE'S BED AND LIE IN IT, PAY THE PIPER, TAKE ONE'S MEDICINE.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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