to receive the rebuke that one is due for
Everyone who does something contoversial has to face the music eventually.
by Light Joker October 26, 2006
Dates back to 1850, but the exact origin is unknown. One theory is that it comes from the theater world, where musicians were in a pit in front of the stage, so "to face the music" was to turn towards the audience. Another theory says it comes from a Civil War military ceremony where an officer that is about to be cashiered is literally drummed out.
Come out and face the music. I know what you've been doing to my socks.
by papermachete November 03, 2005
1. To come forward; to admit one's own wrongdoings
2. To face reality; to give up on delusions or hopeless dreams
1. Come out and face the music, Jim. I know you've been stealing my pizza from the fridge.

2. I wish I could be a billionaire, too, but we've all got to face the music, sometimes.
by ShAdOwZ January 30, 2010
To accept criticism, consequence, or punishment for a wrongdoing. Usually done right before or after an apology.
C'mon man, grow some balls and face the music!
by Silver-Serval July 04, 2011
When you are in charge of a playlist for a large group and an extremely embarrassing or terrible song comes on the mix, making you the subject of scorn.
"Matt set a dope 90's playlist in the office today, but ran to a meeting just before "My Heart Will Go On" came on, so he didn't even have to face the music."
by Eo July 17, 2014

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