Fred and Betty: Is this the End?
Episode 9: Betty Breaks It Off
Betty: Face up to it Fred. This time, IT'S OVER!!!
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FACE UP TO
Meaning: If you face up to something, you accept the existence of a difficult situation.
Grammar: This phrasal verb must have an object. You can not separate the verb from its particles.
She faced up to the problem - RIGHT
She faced up to it - RIGHT
She faced the problem up to - WRONG
She faced it up to - WRONG
She faced up the problem to - WRONG
She faced up it to - WRONG
She faced up to - WRONG
Example sentence: Jane, it's time to face up to your son's behavioural problems and get him the help he needs.
Synonyms: confront, accept, deal with, take on, take on board, tackle, come to terms with, stop hiding from