own up

{v.}, {informal} To take the blame; admit your guilt; confess. * /When Mr. Jones asked who broke the window, Johnny owned up./ * /Mary owned up to having borrowed her sister's sweater./ * /When Mother saw that someone had broken the vase, Billy owned up to it./ See: COME CLEAN.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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