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English definition of “face up to sth”

face up to sth

phrasal verb with face     /feɪs/ verb
B2 to accept that a difficult situation exists: She's going to have to face up to the fact that he's not going to marry her.Dealing with things or peopleActing and actsCoping and not copingTolerating and enduring
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