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clean breast

The American HeritageĀ® Idioms Dictionary
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  • I made a clean breast of it to the chaplain and he helped me a lot.

    Betty at Fort Blizzard Molly Elliot Seawell
  • But I'm goin' to make a clean breast of it all, I am, so help me Gawd. '

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • Seeing there was nothing for it but to make a clean breast, Captain Jarvey Jessop wasted no further time in useless lamentation.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • And you can't help yourself now, either; so make a clean breast of it.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
  • However, now that I had come to see him he would make a clean breast of it.

    Birds and Man W. H. Hudson
  • Then I made a clean breast of the position we were in and urged him to give us a chance.

  • Fandor realised that the corporal had decided to make a clean breast of it.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • He that has a dog at hame may gang to the kirk wi' a clean breast.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • At this the Beaver was wroth, and, going to Glooskap, made a clean breast of what he had done.

  • Go and make a clean breast of it to the colonel in the morning.

    Burr Junior G. Manville Fenn

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