music

[ myoo-zik ]
/ ˈmyu zɪk /

noun

Idioms

    face the music, to meet, take, or accept the consequences of one's mistakes, actions, etc.: He's squandered his money and now he's got to face the music.

Origin of music

1200–50; Middle English musike < Latin mūsica < Greek mousikḕ (téchnē) (the art) of the Muse, feminine of mousikós, equivalent to Moûs(a) Muse + -ikos -ic

Related forms

mu·sic·less, adjectivean·ti·mu·sic, noun, adjectiveun·der·mu·sic, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for face the music

music

/ (ˈmjuːzɪk) /

noun

Word Origin for music

C13: via Old French from Latin mūsica, from Greek mousikē (tekhnē) (art) belonging to the Muses, from Mousa Muse
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Culture definitions for face the music

face the music


To accept unpleasant consequences: “After several years of cheating his employer, the embezzler finally had to face the music.”

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Idioms and Phrases with face the music (1 of 2)

face the music


Confront unpleasantness, especially the consequences of one's errors. For example, When the check bounced, he had to face the music. The precise allusion in this expression has been lost. Most authorities believe it refers to a theater's pit orchestra, which an actor must face when he faces what can be a hostile audience, but some hold it comes from the military, where a formal dismissal in disgrace would be accompanied by band music. [Second half of 1800s] Also see face up to.

Idioms and Phrases with face the music (2 of 2)

music


In addition to the idiom beginning with music

  • music to one's ears

also see:

  • face the music
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