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confess something to someone

 and confess to someone
to admit something to someone; to admit having done something to someone. Tom confessed his involvement to the boss. Max confessed to the police.

confess to something

to admit having done something. He will not confess to the crime. In the end, Max confessed to it.

confess to

v.
1. To admit to doing something: The kids confessed to eating all the ice cream. I will not confess to a crime I did not commit!
2. To admit something to someone: The thief confessed the crime to the police.
References in classic literature ?
You confess to having adored the heads of Bophomet, those abominable idols of the Templars?
Lastly, you avow and confess to having, with the aid of the demon, and of the phantom vulgarly known as the surly monk, on the night of the twenty-ninth of March last, murdered and assassinated a captain named Phoebus de Châteaupers?
Of course, it wasn't right for you to confess to a thing you hadn't done--it was very wrong to do so.
With my whole heart I say it to you--I am resolved to confess everything
But when I come to compare the miserable people of these countries with ours, their fabrics, their manner of living, their government, their religion, their wealth, and their glory, as some call it, I must confess that I scarcely think it worth my while to mention them here.
I must confess I travelled more pleasantly afterwards in the deserts and vast wildernesses of Grand Tartary than here, and yet the roads here are well paved and well kept, and very convenient for travellers; but nothing was more awkward to me than to see such a haughty, imperious, insolent people, in the midst of the grossest simplicity and ignorance; and my friend Father Simon and I used to be very merry upon these occasions, to see their beggarly pride.
I confess I was greatly surprised with this good news, and had scarce power to speak to him for some time; but at last I said to him, "How do you know this?
And in the third place I've come to you with a direct and open proposition--that you should surrender and confess.
Why, even if I were guilty, which I don't admit, what reason should I have to confess, when you tell me yourself that I shall be in greater safety in prison?
Perhaps you'd better not believe my word, perhaps you'd better never believe it altogether--I'm made that way, I confess it.
And if I put you in prison--say you've been there a month, or two, or three--remember my word, you'll confess of yourself and perhaps to your own surprise.
A devoted son told yesterday how he tried to help his father commit suicide after hearing him confess to murdering his step-mother.
Cheaters who confessed just part of their wrongdoing were also judged more harshly by others than cheaters who didn't confess at all, according to five experiments involving 4,167 people from all over the United States.
According to the Supreme Court of Nebraska, offers to confess judgment may be made by a defendant "in an action for the recovery of money only.
Critics lambasted the Uruguayan earlier this month for his failure to confess to a handball that ultimately saw Liverpool past non-league Mansfield Town in the FA Cup.