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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.
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Even when these managers had the hierarchical right and responsibility to confront chronically late workers, only 22% of their messages were directly confrontative and therefore, potentially face-threatening.
When he returns, Minke finds that his indirect, respectful challenge of unjust colonial laws has been replaced by the confrontative, antagonistic methods of his younger followers.
She responds, not as the paranoid, shrinking creature of the first encounter, but as something of a powerhouse, confrontative, debate ready.
Terminating someone's employment is a confrontative act, but does not need to be vindictive.
3 Campbell (1973) suggests, for example, that feminists can use "attack metaphors" and "perspective by incongruity" in order to "shock" audiences in ways that are confrontative and non-adjustive, thus "violating the reality structure" (p.
Successful interactants engage in cooperative behaviors whereas, when unsuccessful, parents interrupt more and are significantly more confrontative than their successful counterparts.
Successful mothers enact significantly more noncommittal, analytic, conciliatory, and process behaviors than do unsuccessful mothers while unsuccessful mothers enact significantly more interruption and confrontative behaviors than do successful mothers.
Mothers who are unsuccessful in their mediation attempts enact interruption and confrontative behaviors significantly more often than do mothers who are successful in their attempts.
Your management persona seems to have changed from confrontative to warm and fuzzy.
Those who reported feeling uncomfortable with publicly demonstrating their support for the strike or engaging in confrontative behavior spent less time than others picketing or engaging in related activities.
He claims he does not want to go to war with China and yet he orders our Armed Forces to occupy islands in West Philippine Sea, which is confrontative and provocative to other claimant countries,' Alejano said.
In this second case, an oppositional or confrontative therapist may engage in behaviors that engender or maintain conflict to obtain basic social reinforcers such as attention.
Vivekananda's teachings overlap with Gandhi's although his ideas are more philosophical and more confrontative. In his travels to the West (the context for most of his published writings), Vivekananda connected select Western values to important Indian concepts and values.
Given labor's new confrontative logic of action, however, supervisors increasingly found that they could no longer take labor's cooperation for granted.
Thus, peer counselors, like members of other AFA committees, began to realize that their new confrontative logic of action did not release their level from its exchange relationship with the managerial level.