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Come clean

Posted by JoanOfArc on July 06, 2008 at 22:09

Where does this come from? It is the title of a school book my 9 year old son is reading at the moment. One of the questions at the back is about how the title relates to telling the truth. I have told him that "come clean" means tell the truth, but can't tell him how the saying came about. Any ideas?