[fes] /fɛs/

Verb phrases
fess up, Informal. to admit or concede, especially freely.
(informal, mainly US) (intransitive) foll by up. to make a confession

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

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

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+)


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