Definition of come clean in English:

come clean

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  • Be completely honest; keep nothing hidden.

    • ‘the company has refused to come clean about its pollution record’
    • ‘If the department wants transformation targets met, then they must be honest and come clean about this.’
    • ‘The question is, will it be done responsibly, by coming clean about the hidden liabilities now and taking the necessary, if painful, steps to deal with them?’
    • ‘They have no interest, my friends, in coming clean and being honest with the American people.’
    • ‘Even he finally comes clean with an honest assessment of his shipmates and it's not complimentary.’
    • ‘One cannot help but be impressed by this seasoned politician's adeptness at the art of coming clean without coming clean.’
    • ‘The highways authorities must come clean and tell all road users what is wrong, and what they are doing to put it right.’
    • ‘She said he refused to come clean to the police, saying it would cost him his job.’
    • ‘When is somebody going to come clean and reveal the real hidden agenda?’
    • ‘And I figured the only way to get him to come clean would be if I came clean first.’
    • ‘Referring to her police interviews after her arrest, he told the jurors: ‘It is now apparent she was very far from coming clean in those interviews.’’
    tell the truth, be completely honest, tell all, make a clean breast of it
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