Definition of face the music in English:

face the music

phrase

  • Be confronted with the unpleasant consequences of one's actions.

    ‘we would later have to face the music over our bold moves’
    • ‘The defendant acknowledged what he did was wrong, had not sought to distance himself and was facing the music.’
    • ‘The bottom line is that athletes need to clean up, start facing the music and actually start acting like role models.’
    • ‘But a guitar-strumming member of the faithful political band has faced the music on a minor drugs charge.’
    • ‘But unless you are in the top 50 then you have to face the music, and the music is that you're not in the tournament.’
    • ‘Both those at the helm of affairs and those guilty of the crime would like to close the chapter either because it is too embarrassing an issue for them or because they may have to face the music if law takes its own course.’
    • ‘Instead of facing the music, the multibillionaire decamped for Switzerland, beyond the reach of U.S. law.’
    • ‘‘I was scared witless, so I just sank a double brandy, said to myself it's now or never ’, and faced the music.’
    • ‘There's an anonymous quote which goes: ‘A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune.’’
    • ‘The main perpetrator has not been found and Shane is here facing the music.’
    • ‘This is my fear - being confronted with my irresponsibility, facing the music of my selfishness, learning that I've been caught doing my most embarrassing action.’