acknowledge the corn

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.
See also: acknowledge, corn
References in classic literature ?
"If anything ailed me, I'd willingly acknowledge the corn."
I acknowledge the corn, and that's just my way of boiling the matter down and summing it up.
ACKNOWLEDGE THE CORN Admit to being drunk, or to admit to any mistake or fault.
Long shaggy-dog stories have been concocted to explain the origin of acknowledge the corn. The most widely quoted appeared in the Pittsburgh Commercial Advertiser sometime before 1850, describing how a young man from the Louisiana countryside (a corn-cracker) arrived in New Orleans and was suckered into a big-city betting game.
Those who acknowledge the corn in newspaper reports often admit as much in so many words, as in this quote from the Philadelphia Spirit of the Times: "Your honor, I confess the corn.