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[fes] /fɛs/
Verb phrases
1.
fess up, Informal. to admit or concede, especially freely.
Origin of fess2
1830-1840
1830-40; aphetic shortening of confess
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  • Well, to 'fess up and tell you the truth, I got frightened out of my wits.

    Menticulture Horace Fletcher
  • You are not suspected, but you will be if you don't 'fess up.

    In the Onyx Lobby Carolyn Wells
  • "Oh, I'd 'fess up," she said lightly, playing with her food.

    The Palace of Darkened Windows Mary Hastings Bradley
  • That's easy enough to say, McLean; but ten to one you've got some snap picked out for you already, now 'fess up, ain't you?

  • Finally, Ill go to Joe and fess up ifif you say so, he gulped.

    The Turner Twins Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for fess up

fess

/fɛs/
verb
1.
(informal, mainly US) (intransitive) foll by up. to make a confession
Word Origin
C19: shortened from confess
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Word Origin and History for fess up

fess

v.

shortened form of confess, attested by 1840, American English. Related: Fessed; fesses; fessing.

n.

"white horizontal band across an escutcheon," late 15c., from Old French faisce, from Latin fascia (see fasces).

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Slang definitions & phrases for fess up

fess

verb phrase

To confess; admit the truth: Then why doesn't the judge come clean and fess up?/ He finally fessed up to something that I've known a long time (1840+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for fess up

fess

confess
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