tell one to face

tell one to one's face

to tell [something] to someone directly. I'm sorry that Sally feels that way about me. I wish she had told me to my face. I won't tell Tom that you're mad at him. You should tell him to his face.
See also: face, one, tell, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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