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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Meanwhile, Ollie is hoping to bring the Osbornes and Morgans together for a family meal, even though Cindy thinks he'd be better off coming clean about DJ's parentage.
SAN FRANCISCO Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing services customers and drivers.
Fair play to Prince Harry for coming clean about how he felt being made to walk behind his mother's coffin days after her tragic death.
Jimmy resorts to blackmail after finding a book that has the secrets of Ramsay Street's residents, but Susan gets out of paying up by coming clean about something naughty to Karl.
However, he added he was proud of her coming clean about her drug use in Vanity Fair - even though Lindsay, 19, has since denied making the comments.
"I think I did the right thing in coming clean about all that stuff," hesaid.
Supermarket supplier, Cork International, reportedly owes millions of pounds (GBP) to publishers, after coming clean about its financial situation.
There is no doubt Mr Jones is right that it is the responsibility of politicians, not businessmen, to direct the charge, and he is equally correct to say the indecision is damaging to Britain's business, but there is little likelihood of Tony Blair coming clean about his true feelings on the single currency.
I LOVE the way no one on Emmerdale is coming clean about what size Kelly Windsor is supposed to be (size zero) for fear of starting an anorexia epidemic among teenage viewers.
But McCord still wants to take the organisation to task for not coming clean about his 22-year-old son's brutal murder, and he wants someone prosecuted.
Prezza was under fire after coming clean about a two-year fling with his secretary Tracey Temple.
Your marriage is built on a tissue of lies and you must start thinking about her needs and feelings instead of your own, even if this means throwing yourself on her mercy and coming clean about your sexuality.
The MPs additionally accused Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon of not coming clean about the use of intelligence in a dossier.