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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!"
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plead for someone

to beg for someone to be spared. Tom pleaded for Dave, but it was no use. Dave was found guilty. She pleaded for her husband, but the judge sentenced him to ten years in prison.
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plead for something

to beg for something. I don't want to have to plead for what's already mine. The children were pleading for ice cream, so we got some for them.
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plead guilty to something

to state that one is guilty of a crime before a court of law. Gerald refused to plead guilty to the crime and had to stand trial. Max pleaded guilty to the charge and then fled town.
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plead to something

to enter an admission of guilt to a specific crime. Max pleaded to the lesser charge of larceny. Lefty pleaded to the grand larceny charge.
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plead with someone

to beg something of someone; to make an emotional appeal to someone. Do I have to plead with you to get you to do it? You can plead with me as much as you want. I won't permit you to go.
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take/plead the ˈfifth

(American English) 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 guiltyFrom the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, which guarantees this right.
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So this begs the question as to what is the purpose of offering offenders the opportunity to plead 'guilty' or 'nor guilty' for if pleading 'not guilty' (in parts or in full) there awaits them maybe a much much longer jail sentence?
Ludlow has said he will plead guilty to federal charges in exchange for an agreement to pay fines and not hold any elected or union job.
He is expected to plead guilty to similar federal charges.
Last Thursday, Steven Sugerman, 41, of Los Angeles, who worked for Dowie as head of the firm's public affairs department before Stodder held the position, agreed to plead guilty to three counts of wire fraud for overbilling the DWP.
LANCASTER - An ex-convict accused in a potential death-penalty case of shooting to death an auto shop worker and fatally beating a prostitute swore and yelled at a judge and declared that he wanted to plead guilty.
Suzette Karen Taylor, 50, Haverford Way, Cardiff, plead guilty to assault.
We have faith in God, faith in the court system, and we expected the outcome to go this direction - not necessarily that he would plead guilty, but that he would be found guilty,'' said Ron Steiner, who glared at his son's killer during the hearing.
Ex-UCLA standout pleads not guilty to assault charge