face up to

[face up to] {v. phr.} 1. To bravely confront a person or achallenge; admit.

Jack doesn't want to face up to the fact thatHelen doesn't love him anymore.

Jane cannot face up to hermother-in-law who always wins every argument they have.

2. To confesssomething to someone; confess to having done something.

Jim had toface up to having stolen a sweater from the department store.

Contrast: FACE DOWN.