To face the music

Also found in: Idioms.
to admit error and accept reprimand or punishment as a consequence for having failed or having done something wrong; to willingly experience an unpleasant situation out of a sense of duty or obligation; as, as soon as he broke the window with the football, Billy knew he would have to face the music.
- Shak.
to meet any disagreeable necessity, such as a reprimand for an error or misdeed, without flinching.

See also: Face, Music

References in classic literature ?
It's me and Johnson have to face the music. Get into yer bunks, now, and shut yer faces; I want to get some sleep."
"If I don't," whispered Raffles, as he wormed through the window feet foremost, "I'm afraid you'll have to face the music where you are, and I shall have the best of it down in Acheron!"
Do you think I would leave her alone to face the music while I slunk away.
Addressing the party workers in Pasrur, he said that all politicians, who looted the country, have to face the music. He said that as per vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the government would not spare the corrupt elements.
He said leaders of PPP and PML-N were unable to defend their failed and poorly handled projects which dented the national exchequer, saying that corrupt leaders would have to face the music.
ISLAMABAD -- Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs, Usman Dar has said that those involved in looting the national wealth would have to face the music. Talking to a private news channel, he said the government has all the record about the corrupt and money launders who would not let go unpunished.
In a press briefing at the NBI headquarters, Tatad said she has nothing to hide and that she is ready to face the music.
But when it comes to reality, is he too afraid to face the music?
MICK MARTIN has revealed he used to face the music as Newcastle United skipper and do what some players deem the unthinkable - brave a Saturday night in the Bigg Market after a defeat at St James' Park.
NADINE DORRIES declared "I'd do it again tomorrow" after arriving back in Britain yesterday to face the music following her appearance on I'm A Celebrity...
When the buddies return to HQ to face the music, ladies' man FDR decides to lighten the mood by helping shy and gallant Tuck dip his toes back into the dating pool.
Picking up where we left off, the lads prepare to leave Quinn to face the music of the dead police woman, when they spot her partner in crime, dominic, making his way to the villa.