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British pronunciation/kˈʌm klˈiːn/
American pronunciation/kˈʌm klˈiːn/
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to finally reveal or admit the truth about something

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to [come] clean definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "come clean" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "come clean" is rooted in the metaphorical idea of cleaning oneself from guilt or wrongdoing. It is believed to have originated in the early 20th century and is commonly associated with confession or admission of the truth. This idiomatic phrase is now used to emphasize the act of confessing or revealing the truth and seeking to clear one's conscience or take responsibility for one's actions.

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The politician decided to come clean to the public about the campaign funds misuse, acknowledging the wrongdoing and apologizing for the actions.
Realizing the importance of honesty, she came clean to her partner about her past and shared her complete history.
The employee came clean to their boss about the mistake they made, accepting responsibility and offering a solution.
In the therapy session, she came clean about her struggles with addiction, seeking guidance and support in her journey to recovery.
After years of hiding the truth, he finally decided to come clean about his involvement in the scandal.
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