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own up

phrasal verb with own uk   /əʊn/ us   /oʊn/ verb
C2 to admit that you have done something wrong: No one has owned up to stealing the money.
(Definition of own up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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own up

phrasal verb with own us   /oʊn/ verb [T]
to tell the truth or to admit that you are responsible for something: A young nurse looked at the two men and waited for one of them to own up.
(Definition of own up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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