face the music

face the music  {v. phr.},  {informal}
To go through trouble or danger, especially because of something you did; accept your punishment.
The boy was caught cheating in an examination and had to face the music.
The official who had been taking bribes was exposed by a newspaper, and had to face the music.
George knew his mother would cry when he told her, but he decided to go home and face the music.
Categories: danger informal music trouble verb