fess up

phrasal verb

fessed up; fessing up; fesses 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.

Examples of fess up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As in complications from the procedure, which forced Austin back to the hospital on Monday, Jan. 1, and the Pentagon to fess up late on Friday. Jamie McIntyre, Washington Examiner, 8 Jan. 2024 Why not fess up, take the witness stand, hire Pauline to defend her, and reap the fame that ensues? Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 22 Dec. 2023

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“Fess up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fess%20up. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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