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come clean

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.
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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.
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come clean

Confess everything, as in If you come clean about what happened I will promise to keep it to myself. [Slang; early 1900s]
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come clean

COMMON If you come clean about something, you tell the truth about it. I had expected her to come clean and confess that she only wrote these books for the money. It is now time for the Government to come clean, tell the world exactly how the recent tragedy happened and announce an investigation.
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come clean

be completely honest and frank. informal
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come ˈclean (with somebody) (about something)

(informal) tell the truth about something, especially after lying or keeping it secret: I’ll come clean with you — I’ve been reading your mail.He finally came clean and confessed.
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come clean

verb
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come clean

To confess all.
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We'll never know what happened unless he comes clean ANDREW FURLONG
After spending the night in a prison cell, David calmly comes clean about his past misdeeds, but Gail refuses to testify against him.
When Sarah blames Mike, he comes clean and reveals Josh attacked him.
Watching as accusations of sabotage are hurled around, the Dingle comes clean about the bovines - but will an announcement from Turner force her to keep quiet?
CRAZED Z Ronnie comes clean DELIGHT 3 Pair with tot TEARSZ Jack says goodbye
Harold comes clean to Sky about the car-jacking, and the doctor delivers bad news about Kerry, and Lolly's abusive stepmother convinces her to blame her injuries on Pepper.
Unless Salmond comes clean on what his last poll told him, we can only guess.
Marlon (Mark Charnock) breaks down and comes clean to Donna about his role in the robbery.
After trying to frame lover Steve McDonald for a fatal hit and run accident, she comes clean.
My advice is to bin them until he comes clean about Guppygate.
Later in the series, David Mitchell comes clean about his unholy love of Terry and June, Bill Bailey laments The Last Night of The Proms and Nick Hancock confesses that, these days, he doesn't do much else but sit in front of the telly.
Yesterday Labour chair Hazel Blears said: "We welcome the end of Cameron's use of wealthy financial backers and hope the Tory party comes clean on those anonymous business groups bankrolling the Party and candidates.
AN MP has demanded the Royal Mail comes clean and names the rural Scots post offices which are earmarked for closure.
FURIOUS Labour chiefs are gunning for Finance Minister Tom McCabe, demanding he comes clean over plans to axe 1,000 jobs.