plead the Fifth

plead the Fifth
plead the Fifth — see fifth, 1
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Main Entry:plead

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take/plead the ˈfifth idiom
(US) to make use of the right to refuse to answer questions in court about a crime, because you may give information which will make it seem that you are guilty From the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, which guarantees this right.
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