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fess up

slang To tell the truth about something. "Fess" here is a shortening of "confess." Come on, fess up—you took the money that was on the counter, didn't you? Can you believe that guy fessed up to all three robberies?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

fess up (to something)

to confess to having done something. (Short form of confess.) I tried to get the boy to fess up to doing it, but he wouldn't do it. Come on, fess up.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fess up

v. Slang
To admit to something; confess something: The treasurer fessed up when confronted with the evidence of fraud. The gangster fessed up to the crime.
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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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He has also gained access to the computer systems at his school, and again 'fessed up straight away so that the software could be improved in all the schools that use it.
She was once linked to Radio 1's Reggie Yates, but they never 'fessed up. Could it be?
Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has finally 'fessed up the obvious and admitted that her brow has been Botoxed.
I know Labour's carrot-haired pixie 'fessed up a while ago, but even without noxious substances Hazel always has the startled, wide-eyed look of someone who's just headbutted a loaded heroin syringe.
The androgynous Olympian may not have fessed up about her lesbianism in her 1955 autobiography, This Life I've Led, but Babe's lover, fellow pro golfer Betty Dodd--who actually shared a Tampa, Fla., home with Babe and her husband, George Zaharias, near the end of Babe's life--goes on the record with Cayleff here.
she was once linked to radio DJ Reggie Yates, but they never 'fessed up. Could it be?
'FESSED UP? Don't be silly - Terry is a pro at this game, remember.
'FESSED UP? "If I was reading this about someone else, I'd think, 'What an a***hole.
a THE lying Lewisses have finally 'fessed up. While cheques worth pounds 34,000 from Rail Recruit bounced and workers were owed thousands in unpaid wages, director Christine Lewiss managed to pay pounds 37,000 to her husband David.
DRUMMER Andy Burrows has 'fessed up to us about the furious bust-ups in Razorlight - claiming it was "hell".
But she may face Gary Barlow's wrath after she fessed up to"ripping off" part of a Take That track on Myspace.
Still, at least they fessed up. Ryanair apparently were "not obliged" to tell us how much goes to good causes.
The former drug addict claims to have lost the weight by combining a strict macrobiotic diet with yoga." And she's also fessed up to having more plastic surgery to help her look more her old self.
Gemma initially denied being in the club, but fessed up when we told her we'd seen the pics.
FIRST James Nesbitt couldn't stop baring his bum in every part he played, now Andrew Lincoln has 'fessed up to a bottom fetish (of sorts).