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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
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.
See also: confess

confess to something

to admit having done something. He will not confess to the crime. In the end, Max confessed to it.
See also: confess
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

confess to

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
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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While some Catholics may shy away from the sacrament for fear of confessing their sins to another person, an informal survey shows that a sense of sin and a sense of right and wrong is still alive and well in the hearts of minds of many Catholics.
Against the general consensus of contemporary historians, who conclude that the Confessing Church did not understand itself as political opposition to National Socialism, Kersting argues that the church's efforts at self-organization had a political effect, even if most of its members did not so intend.
This argument that the members of the Confessing Church were democrats despite themselves does not strike me as very convincing.
Otherwise, subjects increasingly will believe that they can avoid confessing their actual involvement in the crimes.
Large urban churches in metropolitan areas had many confessionals with little lights above the entrances to signal, first, whether a priest was there (light on over middle slot) and then whether sinners were confessing in the flanking slots at that moment (red light above) or the slot was open (green light above).
(Six percent of those age 56 to 75, and 2 percent of those age 76 and older confess to never officially confessing.)
This imagery is made explicit (presented as an actual elevator-into-confessional transition) in a scene in Le confessionnal in which the pregnant sixteen year old Rachel tells Lepage's young Montgomery Clift-like priest that her sin (which is her contemplation of suicide) is "too horrible to forgive" and he replies that she is not confessing to him but rather to God.
But he always protested his innocence and said the officers had forced him into confessing.
He was jailed after confessing during a three-hour police interview.
THOUSANDS of people have found a new way of confessing their sins - using a mobile phone hotline to forgiveness.
If the rubrics for Maundy Thursday could reflect this reality, we would receive forgiveness without confessing. More than not washing anyone else's feet, someone would untie our shoes and pull off our socks for us before they washed our feet, and afterward they'd give our feet a good massage.
This approach involves giving suspects good reasons why confessing their crimes will work to their advantage.
With the growth of the church, people stopped confessing to their church communities and began to confess all sins privately to a priest who represented the church.
As we stand in places named for their worldly power, as we stand amidst shrines dedicated to all sorts of belief, as we stand before the people of God and their leaders, confessing Christ does not involve calling people to believe a certain way and thereby save themselves.
He was given two years' probation and 100 hours community service after confessing to police three years later.