fess up

Definition of fess up

chiefly US, informal
:to admit that one has done something wrong :confess
  • At first he denied everything, but eventually he fessed up.
  • He finally fessed up about his involvement.

Word by Word Definitions

fess play
  1. : a broad horizontal bar across the middle of a heraldic field

  2. : the center point of an armorial escutcheon

  1. : to own up : confess

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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