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confess to (someone or something)

1. To admit something. I don't think he has any intention of confessing to the crime. Everyone knows that you have a crush on Lauren, so you might as well just confess to it!
2. To admit something to someone. I don't think he has any intention of confessing to the police. Everyone knows that you have a crush on Lauren, so you might as well just confess to us!
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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.
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confess to something

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

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.
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Judge Taylor told a courtroom at Teesside Crown Court packed with other judges, barristers, solicitors and court staff that Dunlop confessed during a private family hearing.
Alayne Conway, an Army spokeswoman, told the AP on Friday that a man in custody in Iraq confessed to killing Maupin.
However, he told judges yesterday that he confessed to the charges because he was afraid of being mistreated in police custody.
I said to him that he'd confessed before, why not confess again but this time make sure it stood up legally.
A police officer confirmed the policeman's testimony, adding that the first defendant confessed to planning to sell some of the drug to the second defendant and other people.
A violent 7% of adults assaulted someone and just under a third confessed to taking illegal drugs.
The suspect also confessed to dumping the woman's body into a septic tank in the compound in which he lived, said Col.
A man who was attempting to smuggle drugs into Dubai approached a policeman at the airport and confessed to carrying the contraband, a Dubai court has heard.
Summary: The Lebanese artist Maysam Nahas has confessed that she went through a rough time after divorcing her husband, yet she never felt depressed because she had many close friends around her
With few justifications, they confessed their sins.
Three teenage girls have confessed to starting a fire in a suburban Paris housing project over the weekend that killed 16 people, including three children.
A FOOTBALL fan jailed in Bulgaria for a crime to which another man has since confessed has spoken of his ordeal.
6) Additionally, in 2002, three men confessed to murders following their polygraph tests.
TWO members of the Italian heavy metal band Beasts of Satan, who confessed to taking part in three ritual murders, were jailed yesterday.