face the music

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Origin unclear. It may be either from the theater or military. Either facing literal music: as the performers on the stage are facing the music from the orchestra pit when confronting a possibly hostile audience; or a soldier is facing the military band at a dressing-down ceremony. Or the music is by grim humor a euphemism for the noise of battle.


face the music

  1. (idiomatic) to accept or confront the unpleasant consequences of one's actions


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