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a fault confessed is half redressed

proverb Reconciliation can begin once one acknowledges one's mistakes or misdeeds. I'm sure she knows that a fault confessed is half redressed, and yet she still won't own up to starting that awful rumor about me. Once Patrick admitted to his role in the robbery, we were able to repair our relationship. Truly, a fault confessed is half redressed. Why can't you just admit that you were wrong so we can start to move past this? Come on, a fault confessed is half redressed.
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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 (to 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!
See also: confess, to

if you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything

If you manipulate your data, you can make it prove anything you want. I'm suspicious of his research. I mean, if you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything! But is any of it accurate and unbiased?
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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.
See also: confess, to

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

confess to

v.
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.
See also: confess, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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