tell (one) to (one's) face

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tell (one) to (one's) face

To say something directly and unambiguously to one, especially when it is something critical, derogatory, inflammatory, or otherwise negative. A: "Tom's been telling people around the office that you've been slacking lately." B: "If that's the way he feels, why doesn't he come tell me to my face?" I know she spreads a lot of nasty stuff about me behind my back, but she's too cowardly to ever tell me to my face.
See also: face, tell
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"I would have liked Chey Garland to tell us to our face," he said.
It read, Whatever you believe and whatever you think, I believe you should have had the courtesy to tell us to our faces that you were going.
And if they are, why can't they just tell us to our faces?
We have been labelled as difficult to work with and no one, has had the decency to come forward and tell us to our faces.