Let’s face it
Face the facts
Let’s face the facts
Look (the facts, truth) in the face
Meaning of Idiom ‘Face It’
Face it means to be honest and admit and accept unpleasant facts; accept reality even though it is difficult to accept; look at things as they really are. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook]. Wiley, 2003.,3Manser, Martin H. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Wordsworth Editions Limited, 2006.
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Examples Of Use
“Let’s face it, Jim, you’re never going to make money playing music,” said Dad.
“Face it, the government is corrupt and always has been!”
“Face the facts, man! If you don’t get control of your drinking, you’re going to lose your job and your wife.”
“It’s time to look the truth in the face,” said Alesia. “Your husband is lying to you about having an affair.”
Used since at least the 1880’s, this group of idioms alludes to not turning your back on unpleasant truths.
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