Definition of make a clean breast of something (or make a clean breast of it) in US English:

make a clean breast of something (or make a clean breast of it)

phrase

  • Confess fully one's mistakes or wrongdoings.

    • ‘I can think of no reason why you should not make a clean breast of it.’
    • ‘Let's make a clean breast of it so we can start the day anew filled with love.’
    • ‘Tell all, make a clean breast of it, say what it is.’
    • ‘I reckon you need to wipe the slate, mate, make a clean breast of it, so to speak.’
    • ‘But we will be demanding they make a clean breast of it as soon as possible.’
    • ‘More than 10 years on, Jersey has finally made a clean breast of it.’
    • ‘He makes a clean breast of it all to David, Helen's young friend from England who comes looking for salvation.’
    • ‘If any would care to make a clean breast of it, incidentally, we're willing to listen.’
    • ‘If he has had an extramarital affair, he ought to make a clean breast of it.’
    • ‘Why don't they make a clean breast of it and say, ‘Look, ladies and gentlemen, we're really not dealing in news.’’
    tell the truth, be completely honest, tell all, make a clean breast of it
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