face the music

face the mu·sic
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feys stressed th ee myoo-zik]
    • /feɪs stressed ði ˈmyu zɪk/
    • /feɪs ðə ˈmjuːzɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feys stressed th ee myoo-zik]
    • /feɪs stressed ði ˈmyu zɪk/

Definitions of face the music words

  • noun face the music an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color. 1
  • noun face the music the tones or sounds employed, occurring in single line (melody) or multiple lines (harmony), and sounded or to be sounded by one or more voices or instruments, or both. 1
  • noun face the music musical work or compositions for singing or playing. 1
  • noun face the music the written or printed score of a musical composition. 1
  • noun face the music such scores collectively. 1
  • noun face the music any sweet, pleasing, or harmonious sounds or sound: the music of the waves. 1

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Origin of face the music

First appearance:

before 1200
One of the 9% oldest English words
1200-50; Middle English musike < Latin mūsica < Greek mousikḕ (téchnē) (the art) of the Muse, feminine of mousikós, equivalent to Moûs(a) Muse + -ikos -ic

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Parts of speech for Face the music


face the music popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for face the music

verb face the music

  • bite the bullet — to face up to (pain, trouble, etc) with fortitude; be stoical
  • come to grips with — If you come to grips with a problem, you consider it seriously, and start taking action to deal with it.
  • face up to — the front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin.
  • grin and bear it — to suffer trouble or hardship without complaint
  • pay the piper — a person who plays on a pipe.

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