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to face the music


from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to admit error and accept reprimand or punishment as a consequence for having failed or having done something wrong; to willingly experience an unpleasant situation out of a sense of duty or obligation.
  • n. to meet any disagreeable necessity, such as a reprimand for an error or misdeed, without flinching.


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