face up to
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face up to (someone or something)
1. To deal with or tackle something that is troublesome or causes one trepidation. Just face up to your role in the situation—I'm sure Maggie will forgive you if you're honest with her. We need to face up to these financial issues if our company is going to survive.
2. To confront or stand up to someone face to face. He was scared, but John faced up to the bully and told him to leave them alone. The two men faced up to one another, neither willing to back down.
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face up to
Also, face it. Confront or accept an unpleasant or difficult situation. For example, Jane had to face up to the possibility of being fired, or Face it-you were wrong. [Late 1700s] Also see face the music.
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