meaning to accept the consequence
s of one's actions. There is uncertainty
as to its origin
, because in the phrase's earlier usage (1850s
) it meant to have courage
in general, not just when facing the consequences of something. It is likely derived from either theatre
When a nervous theatrical performer would go on stage they would not only be facing the audience, but the orchestra as well.
When an English soldier was being dismissed from his regiment it was sometimes the practice for the band to play "Rogue's March."
When I walked to my neighbor's door I thought, "It is my fault for flooding her basement. Now I have to face the music; I hope she isn't too mad."