fesses up

fess

2 [fes]
Verb phrases
fess up, Informal. to admit or concede, especially freely.

Origin:
1830–40; aphetic shortening of confess

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

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fess
aphetic form of confess, attested by 1840, Amer.Eng. Related: Fessed; fesses; fessing.
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fess
confess
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