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confront (one) with (something)

To approach one with the intention of presenting or discussing something unpleasant. If you confront him with evidence of his crime, I think he'll try to leave town.
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confront (one's)/the demons

To acknowledge and attempt to understand that which causes ongoing problems in one's life, such as fears, shortcomings, psychological trauma, addiction, etc. The fight with my girlfriend forced me to confront my demons and admit that I'm an alcoholic. With the help of a therapist, I was able to confront the demons that had gripped me since childhood, thanks to toxic messaging from my troubled mother.
See also: confront, demon

confront (something) head-on

To meet, oppose, or deal with something directly, without compromise or prevarication. I'm nervous about having to make a presentation to the entire board, but it is a challenge I will confront head-on. Instead of confronting them head-on, he decided to ignore the rumors until they were blown way out of proportion.
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confront someone with something

to face someone with incriminating evidence, charges of wrongdoing, or criticism. The angry husband confronted his wife with the evidence of her financial irresponsibility. The police confronted Wilson with the witness's statement.
See also: confront
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Reunification and consequent rebuilding require that Berliners confront their past, decide which artifacts merit preservation and which do not.
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