own up to

own up (to something)

To admit or confess (to doing something). Everyone knows you're responsible, so it will look better if you just own up. Tom finally owned up to stealing my bag.
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own up to someone

to confess or admit something to someone. Finally, he owned up to his mother about breaking the vase. We had hoped he would own up to us sooner.
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Foundation attorneys are confident that they will force the Teamsters officials to own up to their wrongdoing.