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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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