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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Gordon stood silent, like an American refusenik 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.
A New York Times editorial on December 5, titled "Pleading the Fifth Is No Crime,' stated:
Sini Mathews (http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/dallas-county/state-asks-sini-wesley-mathews-about-sherins-broken-bones-in-cps-hearing/495535415) would not answer questions at Wednesday's hearing, repeatedly pleading the Fifth when asked about Sherin's injuries.
So Black ended up pleading the fifth amendment, which gives defendants the right not say anything that might incriminate themselves.
Although I may be wrong because let's face it, even though her husband dribbles (and I can vouch for that), is `messy' when he drinks (likewise), needs to be constantly entertained (why else would he have me as a friend?) 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.
However, Lerner said there may be some out there who may believe that in her pleading the fifth she may be guilty of wrongdoing.
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."
Ennis realized that she shared too much, so when pressed for more details she was "pleading the fifth." Most Americans used the terms to refuse to answer further questions that might incriminate them.