1 [fes]
noun Heraldry.
an ordinary in the form of a broad horizontal band across the middle of an escutcheon.
Also, fesse.

1350–1400; Middle English fesse < Anglo-FrenchLatin fascia fascia

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

1830–40; aphetic shortening of confess


3 [fes]
noun Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
a teacher.
Also, fessor.

shortening of professor

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

fesse or fess (fɛs)
heraldry an ordinary consisting of a horizontal band across a shield, conventionally occupying a third of its length and being wider than a bar
[C15: from Anglo-French fesse, from Latin fascia band, fillet]
fess or fess
[C15: from Anglo-French fesse, from Latin fascia band, fillet]

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aphetic form of confess, attested by 1840, Amer.Eng. Related: Fessed; fesses; fessing.
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Example sentences
So make sure you fess up, without getting emotional about it.
But several researchers have found it surprisingly easy to make people fess up to invented misdemeanours.
But let's fess up to the fact that diplomatic prudence trumps veracity.
One of the lessons is you ought to fess up to your problems right away and try to confront them.
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