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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.
See also: guilty, plead

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.
See also: fifth, plead, take
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Sharon Wootton, 52, of Orchard Park, St Mellons, was fined PS60 and given three penalty points after pleading guilty to speeding.
Rachel Sarah Jones, 39, of Marloes Close, Barry, was fined pounds 60 and given three penalty points after pleading guilty to speeding.
Cooper was fined a further pounds 100 after pleading guilty to not stopping at an accident and pounds 100 after pleading guilty to having no insurance.
In its pleading, Fleet discloses that two parties have expressed an interest in purchasing Big V's business.
But Ventura Superior Court Judge Edward Brodie said that was unacceptable because Sanchez would be pleading guilty to a crime without knowing the sentence he would receive.
However, in his request to have his conviction overturned, Lellan said Blatt did not tell him he would be sent to prison at all, or that he could be deported to his native Denmark by pleading guilty to the charges.
The following caseswere heard at Cardiff Magistrates' Court - William Colin Price, 20, of Ninian Park Road, Riverside, Cardiff, was given a 12 month community order after pleading guilty to possessing a cosh.
Durden's cooperation marks a major breakthrough in the biggest scandal in modern Los Angeles Police Department history, with two other officers - Manuel Chavez and Shawn Frederick Gomez - pleading no contest to Rampart-related charges earlier this week and agreeing to testify in other Rampart cases.
Craig Burgess, 31, of Meadowlark Close, St Mellons, Cardiff, served a day in detention in lieu of a pounds 75 fine with pounds 50 costs and a pounds 15 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to using threatening behaviour.
LOS ANGELES - A 19-year-old Palmdale man faces 25 years to life in prison after pleading no contest to first-degree murder for the stabbing of a man during a fight over a Nintendo 64 video game system.
The following cases were heard at Cardiff Magistrates' Court: - Rebecca Shoida, 23, of Caldy Road, Cardiff, received a three-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to committing a racially aggravated assault on June 20 last year.
An 18-year-old man suspected of being a member of a ``tagger crew'' was sentenced to 60 days in jail Wednesday after pleading no contest to two counts of vandalism in a graffiti case.
THE following cases were heard at Cardiff Magistrates' Court: - Christopher John Martindale, 33, of Bishop Hannon Drive, Fairwater, Cardiff, was fined pounds 30 after pleading guilty to keeping an unlicensed vehicle on a public road.
But under cross-examination by Deputy District Attorney Kathy LaSalle, Ferguson conceded that she had reviewed and signed papers pleading guilty to one of the two abuse charges.