fess up


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Verb1.fess up - admit or acknowledge a wrongdoing or error; "the writer of the anonymous letter owned up after they identified his handwriting"
concede, confess, profess - admit (to a wrongdoing); "She confessed that she had taken the money"

fess up

verb
Slang. To recognize, often reluctantly, the reality or truth of:
Chiefly Regional: allow.
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No one would 'fess up, and Stacey eventually went home to tell her family, insisting that something had to be done to show the neighbours their family was not "scum."
They'll say the patient has been having a seizure, convulsions, is unconscious or whatever and it's only once the crew arrive that they see the packet or their mates 'fess up.'" ." He said people were reluctant to admit to taking the drugs because they were frightened of being being prosecuted.
"Chopping heads is not in Islam, fess up and say who is behind you," Shaabola once sang.
The ex-minister said he believed he had to "fess up and get on with it" after a sleaze watchdog earlier agreed plans to suspend him from the House of Commons for six months.
However, he does get some good news as heaven's admin team 'fess up to having made a clerical error regarding the shuffling off of his mortal coil - he was due to die in bed in Lyme Regis decades later.
Why not 'fess up about it instead of persecuting the illegals.
"There's a requirement from all of the paramilitary organisations to 'fess up and indicate the roles that they played."
Should I beat him to the punch and 'fess up, or just hope the guy's cooled down sufficiently by then and doesn't mention anything?