own up (to something)

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own up (to something)

To admit or confess (to something). Everyone knows you're responsible, so it will look better if you just own up right now. Tom finally owned up to eating my burrito.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

own up (to something)

to admit something; to confess to something. I know you broke the window. Come on and own up to it.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

own up

Confess, make a full admission, as in Come on, Tim, you'd better own up that you lost the car keys. This idiom uses the verb own in the sense of "acknowledge." [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

own up

v.
To confess to something; admit something: If the person who stole the erasers doesn't own up, recess will be canceled. The thief owned 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.

own up (to), to

To admit something, to confess. Dating from the mid-1800s, this expression seems to use own in the sense of possessing responsibility for something. “On being arrested he owned up to his crime,” appeared in the Boston Journal (May 23, 1890).
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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