face (someone) with (something)

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face (someone) with (something)

1. To show someone the evidence of something. Often used in passive constructions. If you face him with his questionable receipts, he'll have to tell you what he's really been doing on Tuesday nights. When I looked through his phone, I was faced with proof that the affair had been going on for months.
2. To confront or deal with someone with a particular attitude, perspective, emotion, etc. Look, you know you messed up. If you face the boss with dignity and humility, she might let you off with a warning. You've got to face your opponent with determination and self-confidence.
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face someone with something

to present evidence of something to someone. When I faced him with the evidence, he confessed immediately. The police faced Max with the witness's story. The CEO was faced with the problem of bringing the bankrupt firm back to profitability.
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face something with something

to install something on the surface of something. We faced the kitchen walls with yellow tile. The wall was faced with tile.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

face with

Confront, as in When he was faced with the evidence, he admitted it. [Late 1500s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

face with

v.
1. To cover the surface of something using a substance: The builders faced the front wall with marble. The facade was faced with terra cotta.
2. To force someone to confront or deal with something or someone. Used chiefly in the passive: When I'm faced with a problem, I ask my parents for advice.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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