come clean


1. be completely honest, confess






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the suspect was advised to come clean

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To 'come clean' means to admit or confess to something you have been lying or dishonest about. "The assailant has come clean and confessed to his crimes." This is an informal phrase used in social and professional contexts.

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  1. Following his arrest, the suspect was advised to come clean and admit his involvement in the crime.
  2. The student decided to come clean after being accused of plagiarism.
  3. It's better to come clean about your wrongdoings than try to hide them.

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  1. Often it is better to come clean to your customers about transgressions and resolve them rather than trying to hide problems that will eventually be discovered.
  2. I have to come clean, I completely forgot about the presentation so I'm going to postpone it until Wednesday.

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