face the music

When you have to face the music, you're confronted with the consequences of something bad you've done. If your boss catches you lying about what time you got to work, you'll have to face the music.

Anyone who lies or avoids a responsibility for long enough eventually has to face the music. This might involve simply admitting you've done something wrong, or being punished or scolded by an authority figure. There are a few theories about where this phrase came from, including a military origin — at one time, military officers were "drummed out" in disgrace after committing offenses. Another possible source is the idea of stage actors facing the orchestra when they walked on stage.

Definitions of face the music
  1. verb
    accept the unpleasant consequences of one's actions
    synonyms: carry-the can
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    type of:
    accept, assume, bear, take over
    take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
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