face the music

From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishface the musicface the musicinformal to accept criticism or punishment for something you have done face
Examples from the Corpus
face the musicIt was hard to believe that it was almost time to face the music.Now she can face the music.Read in studio Still to come on Central News, facing the music.We gently persuaded them to do the right thing and come back to face the music.Constance knew the time had come to face the music and speak to Nora.Rather than face the music at a trial, Abingdon chose to plea bargain.It was not just Diana who had to face the music but her parents as well.I had to face the music, I had to face myself.They can't tell us how to live and not face the music when their own conduct is questioned.