face the music

This page is about the idiom face the music.

Meaning: If someone has to face the music, they have to accept the consequences of doing something wrong.

For example:

  • To avoid facing the music and accepting his punishment for doing something bad, our little boy will tell lies with the skill of a well-trained actor.

  • Henry stole some money and bought a car, and when he realised he'd have to face the music he drove across the border to escape.

Quick Quiz:

James will have to face the music when he

a. goes to a concert

b. goes to hospital

c. goes to court

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Contributor: Matt Errey