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face up to

Meaning: If you face up to a difficult or challenging situation, you accept that you have to deal with it, and then do something about it.

For example:

  • face up to sth We have to face up to the challenge of competing with new companies and new products.

  • face up to sth It's time I faced up to the fact that I'm getting older and I have to start saving money for the future.

Nouns often used as objects with
face up to: fact, reality, thruth, challenge

Quick Quiz:

Ashley faced up to the fact that she had to deal with her drug problem and
  1. went out to buy more drugs
  2. promised to stop one day
  3. went to rehab for treatment

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