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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!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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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.
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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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The last part of the creed confesses the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting; Luther concludes, " ...
His courage and compassion are uncomplicated by feelings of envy or self-pity, and win him quick redemption for the "sins" he so readily confesses. The first-person narration provides the reader with an inside tour of the colorful bayou environment, and a rare insight into the wonders of the human heart.
She confesses all to Mike, but it looks like there's not enough evidence to nail Joe.
Italian exile confesses to murdering his family A day after returning from Britain, an Italian man confessed yesterday to killing his father, mother and younger brother, who vanished in 1989.
The penitent confesses his or her sins; the priest, after discussing with the penitent his or her spiritual state and giving appropriate counsel, assigns an act of penance or satisfaction.
A gullible reader would be sobbing by the time Quayle confesses his financial difficulties during the Reagan-Bush transition, having already resigned his Senate seat to give his successor more seniority.
The psalmist confesses the magnitude of wrongdoing, which merits only God's condemnation, and yet confidently declares that God's chief purpose and strength is to show mercy.