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Difference between Face someone down and Face up to someone

face someone downconfront smb. in an attempt to subdue or dominate the person:

  • The project is too important to be placed in jeopardy by the vanity of one man, and those who are too cowardly to face him down.

face up to someonechallenge a person boldly; refuse to be intimidated:

  • Confrontation may not be your desired choice but unless you face up to a person or situation your views will never be heard.