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    Synonymous Idioms

    What other phrases or idioms can be synonymous to the following phrases?
    -Face the Music.
    - Wrap [someone] around one's little finger.


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    Re: Synonymous Idioms

    No synonymous idioms come instantly to mind, but these expressions mean:

    1. Face the music. To face the music means to recognize clearly the reality of a situation, to confront the consequences of an action, and begin to act in a responsible way (to repair harm, or begin to solve a difficult and previously unaddressed problem). After years of poor health choices, Ellen was in danger of becoming seriously ill. Her doctor told her she had to face the music: stop smoking and get some regular exercise.
    One very similar idiom is: 'Wake up and smell the coffee.'

    2. Wrap [someone] around one's little finger. This expression implies that the 'wrapper' () has the power to command the 'wrappee' (the one being 'wrapped' ). It is understood to mean that this power has been gained by charm, not force. Silvia has her grandparents wrapped around her little finger. (They are willing to do anything to please her.)
    One similar expression is 'to have [someone] at one's beck and call.'

    I hope this is helpful. All best wishes,

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    Re: Synonymous Idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Reemy View Post
    What other phrases or idioms can be synonymous to the following phrases?
    -Face the Music.
    Hi Reemy,

    Here's an idiom - pay the piper. It originated from the saying -He who pays the piper may call the tune. And the saying is often separated by two parts in the usage.

    The quote as below is from an online dictionary with its URL link available.

    pay the piper

    to accept the unpleasant results of something you have done.

    After fooling around for most of the semester, now he has to pay the piper and study over vacation. If you don't charge enough for your work, at some point you will have to pay the piper.
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 12-Nov-2008 at 08:35. Reason: solecisms+ URL

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