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fess 1

also fesse  (fĕs)
n. Heraldry
A wide horizontal band forming the middle section of an escutcheon.

[Middle English fesse, from Old French, from Latin fascia, band.]

fess 2

 (fĕs)
intr.v. fessed, fess·ing, fess·es Informal
To admit to something; confess, often used with up: "won't fess up to being even vaguely liberal" (Jonathan Alter).

[Short for confess.]

fess

(fɛs)
vb
informal chiefly (foll by: up) US to make a confession
[C19: shortened from confess]

fess1

or fesse

(fɛs)

n.
a wide horizontal band across the center of a heraldic field.
[1350–1400; Middle English fesse < Anglo-French « Latin fascia fascia]

fess2

(fɛs)

v.t., v.i.
Informal. fess up, to confess or concede.
[1830–40; aph. variant of confess]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fess - (heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across a shieldfess - (heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across a shield
ordinary - (heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields
heraldry - the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
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He said the JI supports the viewpoint of protesting parents against massive raise in school fesses, besides charging massive amount on various pretexts, ranging from generator fees to annual fees.The JI leader demanded of the government to make sure the recent hike in fesses by private schools should be withdrawn immediately.