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Face

The external appearance or surface of anything; that which is readily observable by a spectator. The words contained in a document in their plain or obvious meaning without regard to external evidence or facts.

The term is applied most frequently in business law to mean the apparent meaning of a contract, paper, bill, bond, record, or other such legal document. A document might appear to be valid on its face, but circumstances may modify or explain it, and its meaning or validity can be altered.

See: appearance, confront, endure, look, suffer, withstand
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While others are facing the music on the charges framed against them.
This is my fear--being confronted with my irresponsibility, facing the music of my selfishness, learning that I've been caught doing my most embarrassing action.
But if the pay-for-play sites fizzle, while free sites continue to grow, the labels may find themselves facing the music.