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Sl. to take a five-minute rest period; to take a short break. Okay, everybody. Take five! Hey, Bob. I'm tired. Can we take five?
Relax, take some time off from what one is doing, as in We've been at it long enough; let's take five. This term is short for "take five minutes off." [Slang; first half of 1900s] For a synonym, see take a break.
tv. to take a five-minute break. She told them to take five, but they turned the five into fifty.
take five/ten Slang
To take a short rest or break, as of five or ten minutes.