take/plead the Fifth

Definition of take/plead the Fifth

chiefly US

  1. :  to refuse to answer questions in a court of law because the answers might be harmful to one or might show that one has committed a crime When called to testify, he took the Fifth. —often used figuratively He took the Fifth when his wife asked him where he'd spent the night. The phrase take/plead the Fifth refers to the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which says that citizens of the U.S. cannot be required to give testimony that could be used against them in a court of law.

Word by Word Definitions

takeplay
  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

    :  a distinct treatment or variation

    :  an act or the action of taking: such as

pleadplay
  1. :  to argue a case or cause in a court of law

    :  to make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding

    :  to answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts

fifthplay Fifth
  1. :  the musical interval embracing five diatonic degrees

    :  a tone at this interval

    :  dominant


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