When you were a teenager, did you ever get an angry phone call from your parents telling you to go home immediately because you had stayed out too late? Did you ignore their request or decide to go home and face the music?
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Well, to face something means to look at it, so does face the music mean look at the music?
No! This idiom means to face unpleasant judgment caused by our actions or to receive the punishment that your actions deserve.
This is kind of a tough one. Let’s look at some examples:
- Paul Jones committed a terrible crime, and now it’s time for him to face the music. His court case begins tomorrow.
- This is going to be unpleasant! I lost my company phone. I’m going to have to face the music and tell my boss.
- I stayed out all night partying. My parents are going to be furious! Oh, well! Time to go home and face the music!
So, there we are. Can you think of any other situations in which one might have to face the music?
See if you can use today’s expression in answering the questions below.
- Can you remember a time when you were a child and you broke something? Did you own up to (admit the truth about) what you had done?
- Think of a time at work when you made a mistake and had to tell your boss about it. How did you feel?
- Did you ever do something inconsiderate or wrong even though you knew a parent or family member would be annoyed? What happened when they found out?
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