come clean about (something)

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come clean about (something)

To admit something to someone, often regarding a wrongdoing that one has tried to hide. We have to come clean about what we did before Joe gets punished for our crime! The kids finally came clean about eating the cookies I'd made for the bake sale.
See also: clean, come
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come clean about something

verb
See also: clean, come, something
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Aaron awkward Meanwhile, she may not have killed anyone (that we know of) but Bernice's conscience gets the better of her when she sees how hard-up Lydia is, and she comes clean about the inheritance.
Meanwhile Ellie decides to have a little fun by convincing Diego that Myra is having an affair with Nathan, and Cindy tells James she doesn't need his help, although it seems she may have spoken too soon when Holly comes clean about her arrest.
Meanwhile, Ellie decides to have a little fun by convincing Diego that Myra is having an affair with Nathan, and Cindy tells James she doesn't need his help, although it seems she may have spoken too soon when Holly comes clean about her arrest.
And Bianca comes clean about dangerous Derek's dodgy gear.
Heather should be celebrating as she prepares for her hen night, but instead she comes down with a serious case of cold feet after Andrew comes clean about his past.
Fr Francis comes clean about his indiscretions - and then begs her to run away with him.
The MItchells get a rare bit of good news at Ben's hearing when Jordan comes clean about taunting his attacker.
However, she soon has her own romance to worry about when Bradley comes clean about how he really feels.
My advice is to bin them until he comes clean about Guppygate.
Just a special thank you for the LL Cool J article, "After 20 Years In Hip-Hop, LL Cool J Comes Clean About Plastic Surgery, Steroid Use & Heartbreak" (July 2006).
Truth and forgiveness are the themes, as Montmorency comes clean about his past and also reencounters his old landlady and her helpful daughter.
'The best way to calm fears about nuclear weapons at Aldermaston is if the Government comes clean about its future nuclear policy,' he said.
She meets a twenty--something, smart novelist (Joe Cobden), and after initial denial, comes clean about her passion for him and, presumably, is able to cut down on her food bill and write some more.
"Thank you for your honesty," snarls Larry (Ciaran Hinds) after his new bride, Anna (Natasha Richardson), comes clean about her yearlong affair with Dan (Rupert Graves), who's been married to Alice (Anna Friel) for three years.
Ty comes clean about having chalked up debts of up to PS10K, from having sorted the best Christmas ever for ill Hope.