Face It

Also: 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 … Read more

Keep A Straight Face

To keep a straight face is a figure of speech that has existed in English since the late 1800’s Meaning of Keep a Straight Face To keep a straight face means to stop yourself from laughing and look serious even though you are highly amused, or to keep from smiling. More generally, it means to hide … Read more

Face the Music

Meaning of Idiom ‘Face the Music’ To face the music means to accept the consequences of one’s actions; to be ready to accept punishment or repercussions for one’s wrongdoings; to confront problems or unpleasantness. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2 Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: … Read more

At Face Value (to take something)

Meaning of Idiom ‘Take Something at Face Value’ To take something at face value means to accept it as true based on its outward appearance, without asking questions or giving it further consideration. Usage “I wouldn’t take the reports at face value. If you want to the truth you’ll have to go see for yourself.” … Read more