an ordinary in the form of a broad horizontal band across the middle of an escutcheon.
Other definitions for fess (2 of 3)
fess up, Informal. to admit or concede, especially freely.
Other definitions for fess (3 of 3)
- Also fes·sor [fes-er] /ˈfɛs ər/ .
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How to use fess in a sentence
Yele Haiti did fess up to paying you $100,000 for a benefit concert in Monaco.Wyclef Jean Talks Lauryn Hill, the Yele Haiti Controversy, and Chris Christie | Marlow Stern | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron asks British blokes to fess up about their fantasies—for the good of the children.
After initial denials, Quayle was eventually forced to fess up to composing the salacious posts.Kate Upton’s Congressman Uncle and More Scandalous Political Ties | Ben Jacobs | February 15, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yes, McGwire did finally fess up during an interview with Bob Costas in 2010.
This makes the third date a natural moment to fess up about any contagious diseases.
Ensigned on the top as before all betwixt a decrescent and a star in fess or.A Complete Guide to Heraldry | Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
That's easy enough to say, McLean; but ten to one you've got some snap picked out for you already, now 'fess up, ain't you?The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories | Paul Laurence Dunbar
If wed done something perfectly mean and putrid Id say fess up and take the medicine, but we havent.Left Half Harmon | Ralph Henry Barbour
I have seen an imperfect drawing of the arms, Party per fess, a goblet transpierced with a dagger.
Of course I thought that maybe Id ought to fess up that I wasnt meor, rather, youand let some one else kick.The Turner Twins | Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for fess
(intr foll by up) informal, mainly US to make a confession
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