From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcome cleancome cleaninformalADMIT to finally tell the truth about something you have been hidingcome clean about The government should come clean about its plans. → clean
Examples from the Corpuscome clean• Still, I must come clean.• He felt happy to finally be able to come clean about it, but he felt her withdraw.• It's time the government came clean about its plans to raise income tax.• The bank eventually came clean and admitted they had made a mistake.• That is all very well, but why does he not come clean and give us Labour's figures?• That night, at dinner, David and I came clean, and told our friends about singing to fish.• In addition, you risk being fired when you come clean, another attorney pointed out.• And when you picked hold of the fish and got hold of a piece it would come clean away.• So when the station came clean, they had to field several angry calls accusing them of pro-Nottingham Forest bias.• Labour will not come clean with its figures, so it is bound to describe ours as jiggery-pokery.come cleancome clean informal to tell the truth about something you have donecome clean about I think you should come clean about where you were last night. → come
Examples from the Corpuscome about• He felt happy to finally be able to come clean about it, but he felt her withdraw.• The Government still have not come clean about the information revealed in a Select Committee appendix.