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To admit something to someone, often regarding a wrongdoing that one has tried to hide. We have to come clean with the police before Joe gets punished for our crime! The kids finally came clean about eating the cookies I'd made for the bake sale.
come clean (with someone) (about something)
Fig. to be honest with somebody about something. I want you to come clean with me about your financial status. Sam will come clean with me. I know he will.
to tell the truth about something you have tried to hide I should probably come clean now and admit that I don't really know how to cook at all.
to tell the truth, often about something bad that you have been trying to keep a secret I felt it was time to come clean and tell her what the doctor had told me. (often + about ) It's time for the Chancellor to come clean about the proposed tax rises.
Confess everything, as in If you come clean about what happened I will promise to keep it to myself. [Slang; early 1900s]
To confess all.