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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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But Sir Bobby Robson stayed and faced the music after the Chelsea defeat and spent all this week on the training ground.
Rather than wallow in explanations as to what he really intended, or suggest that the comment was taken out of context, Paulson faced the music.
But as he faced the music in the Commons, staff admitted Moore had not been at work for a week and that they "don't know" if she would return.