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acknowledge the corn

To admit to or acknowledge one's fault, shortcoming, mistake, crime, or naiveté. When they arrested me, I decided I might as well acknowledge the corn and confess to stealing the car. Especially since I was still driving it.
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acknowledge (one) as

To publicly announce or accept that one possesses certain qualities or has attained a specific achievement or result. All she wanted was for her old boss to finally acknowledge her as the new director of the organization. The dissidents refused to acknowledge the new leader as legitimate.
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acknowledge (one) to be right

To publicly announce or accept that one is correct in some position, action, or statement. After a lengthy interview with investigators, the suspect acknowledged the witness to be right. The finance department acknowledged Henry to be right about the accounting error.
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acknowledge (the) receipt of

To recognize, often formally, that something has been received, usually an item that has been delivered. Jason signed a form to acknowledge the receipt of the letter. Did you get a notification acknowledging receipt of your package?
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acknowledge someone as something

to agree or announce publicly that a person holds a particular office or station, or that a person has particular qualities. She found it difficult to acknowledge herself as a failure.
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acknowledge someone to be right

to admit or state that someone is correct about something. Bill said that the car was useless, and the mechanic acknowledged him to be right.
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acknowledge something as something

to agree or announce publicly that something is as previously stated. The president acknowledged the statement as the truth.
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acknowledge (the) receipt of something

to report receiving something, such as a package, letter, or notice. The company acknowledged receipt of the merchandise I returned.
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She goes on to enumerate some of the ways that women's businesses are different from men's (though she acknowledges many differences among women's businesses).
The court found it was impossible to acknowledge receipt some months after the break point.
No, this motion does not co-opt any future decision by any level of jurisdiction within the Anglican Church of Canada as to how, if ever, it will acknowledge this by a rite of blessing.
Second, Bader-Saye cannot substantiate his claim that his Christianity compels Christians to acknowledge the "witness of Jews post-Christum.
Tate acknowledges that these novels have been largely ignored because critics and readers have not been comfortable reading what amounts to a black novelist's displacement of his or her own personal anxieties onto unconvincing white or mixed-race characters.
They refused to acknowledge that most of the small entrepreneurs who were their core constituency also wanted to enlarge and enrich their businesses.
He is a critic, but a "connected" or even a "friendly" one, who cheerfully acknowledges his own indebtedness to the university, not only for his paycheck and the classrooms in which he teaches, but even for the professional mode of inquiry and exacting standards of judgment by which he finds it wanting.
Two federal courts have concluded that this case is not about a public official's right to acknowledge God, as Chief Justice Moore contends," declared the court.
Many of these employees felt that affidavits acknowledging paternity were often signed in the flush of excitement over the birth of a child, and some even expressed concerns that a mother's new boyfriend might acknowledge paternity knowing that he was not the father, "out of kindness, pity or foolishness.
They threatened to refuse to acknowledge him if he becomes archbishop of Canterbury because of his refusal to change his personal views.
Sections 25 and 35 of the 1981 Constitution acknowledge existing aboriginal and treaty rights.
It's time we acknowledge its immense power, work to make it better, and admit that it's a vital, and vitally important, part of millions of our lives.