to face up to

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - face up to

"to face up to"

to boldly confront an unpleasant situation;

to accept responsibility, blame, or a particular reality


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - face up to

Two managers are talking ...

Manager 1:  Have you decided who you are going to have to fire?

Manager 2:  Since the directive to cut or workforce by twenty percent came through, I have just been ignoring it. The thought of having to decide who to fire is just too difficult. Everyone on my team is an excellent person. They all have families.

Manager 1:  The deadline for making the cuts is fast approaching. You are going to have to face up to the decision at some point.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - face up to

A mother and son are talking ...

Mother:  Where's the dog?

Son:  She's out in the yard, isn't she?

Mother:  No she isn't but the back gate is open. She must have run away.

Son:  I wonder how the back gate got open?

Mother:  Since your bicycle is sitting on the ground right next to the gate, perhaps you should face up to having left the gate open.

Son:  You're right. It's my fault. I'll go look for the dog.

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to face up to - Gerund Form:

Facing up to the harsh reality of losing your home is difficult.

Facing up to the fact that it is your fault is even more difficult.

to face up to - Examples:

1)  It is hard to face up to your own faults. 

2)  ... must face up to the harsh reality of environmental pollution and greenhouse gases with just as much ...

3)  Let's be frank: some member states will never join the euro zone. Face up to it.

4)  Why can't the West face up to its history of genocide?

5)  The Government must face up to its responsibilities in the critical fight against antibiotic resistance.

6)  You don't have to take on or face up to an aggressive situation - there are ways to record and report, ...

7)  The Judge went on to force the man to face up to his actions, telling him: ...

8)  ... we were wondering if there is anything we can do to force him to face up to his responsibilities.

9)  ... and needs urgent attention from all sides. The situation needs will and honesty to face up to what's been happening, and what could happen.

10)  Existential authenticity allows people to face up to these painful realisations, accept responsibility for their own actions and work towards ...

11)  ... and forced the big online companies and social media websites to face up to their social responsibilities.

12)  ... youth who subjected his mother to a series of serious domestic violence incidents needs to face up to his actions or he will get a custodial sentence, a judge has ...

13)  ... but we still have to rely on our own courage and efforts to face up to the stiff challenges of tomorrow.

14)  ... deal with them, instead of ignoring them like you usually do. You must face up to family and emotional issues.

15)  They are running from something that they need to face up to.

16)  It argues politicians must face up to having difficult conversations with the public about which services should close.

17)  ... and in the life cycle of a business. Therefore, organisations need to face up to the reality that change must be embraced, and prepare their employees for ...

18)  But we are going to have to face up to the issue at some stage, and I would rather we were ahead ...

19)  ... but we hope this independent investigation represents our commitment to investigate allegations of failings, face up to them and put measures in place to make sure they don't happen ...

20)  Or they're cowardly perpetrators themselves and can't face up to it.