plead the Fifth (Amendment)

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plead the Fifth (Amendment)

1. To refuse to testify against oneself in court, in accordance with the rights guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The alleged kingpin of the east coast drug cartel simply pled the Fifth after every question the prosecution put to him.
2. By extension, to refuse to answer a question or provide information, especially if doing so may incriminate or embarrass oneself. Just plead the Fifth if your mom asks where you've been all night! A: "So, I hear things got pretty messy at the bar last night." B: "Yeah, I'm going to have to plead the Fifth Amendment on that one!"
See also: fifth, plead
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However, in pleading the Fifth, Lerner is refusing to say anything that may incriminate her.
What did he hope to achieve from a heart-to-heart with the man who deliberately stymied his son's inquest by pleading the fifth amendment?
There is a concern at the highest levels of the game that Wenger is not facing up to his public responsibility, pleading the Fifth Amendment every time an Arsenal player crosses the line.
Mr Ginsburg added that Ms Lewinsky was prepared to refuse to testify by pleading the Fifth Amendment, protecting against selfincrimination, unless she was offered immunity by Mr Starr.
A witness may risk being held in contempt by pleading the Fifth Amendment too soon in response to a question that a court later determines would not have elicited an incriminating answer; the witness, on the other hand, must be careful not to plead the Fifth Amendment too late and risk a court finding that the privilege was waived because of the prior answers.
It is ironic, to say the least, that while Southwest Gas is claiming that Southern Union's case against Southwest is without merit, its agents are pleading the Fifth," said Peter H.
So Black ended up pleading the fifth amendment, which gives defendants the right not say anything that might incriminate themselves.
AMERICANS are proud of a constitution that allows anyone to refuse to answer questions by pleading the fifth amendment.
It shouldn't be regarded as a sweeping change in policy and I wouldn't expect to see handicappers pleading the fifth amendment on a regular basis if deciding on a rating is difficult.
While there's no shame in being fifth, as in Henry V, pleading the Fifth and Saks Fifth Avenue, being 190th was a little harder to swallow, don'tcha know.
and tends to smell when he `poos' (I'm pleading the fifth on that one), at least he should be able to lick his own balls, and that is reason enough for men to be grateful to be a dog.
I'm pleading the fifth on that one,'' says O'Connell, who co-starred with Gellar in ``Scream 2.