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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

take the fifth (amendment)

1. To refuse to testify against oneself in court, in accordance with the right guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, part of the Bill of Rights. The defendant took the fifth after every question the prosecution put to him. There is speculation that he will take the fifth amendment if he is asked about his actions under oath.
2. By extension, to refuse to answer a question or provide information, especially if doing so may incriminate or embarrass oneself. Just take the fifth if your mom asks where you've been all night! A: "So, I hear things got pretty messy at the party last night." B: "Yeah, I'm going to have to take the fifth amendment on that one!"
See also: fifth, take

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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In addition he said, the appointment of a pleader for an indefinite period, at the wishes of the accused, cannot be acceded to, unless some exceptional and extraordinary incapacitating grounds are agitated 'which are miserably lacking in the instant case.
22) The use of the word "or" is significant because it provides the pleader with the choice to attach or to incorporate the portions of documents material to the pleadings into the pleading.
A 'Vakalatnama' should contain the name of the court, the number of the suit or proceeding, the name of the parties and executant, specification of the powers intended to be entrusted to a pleader, the name of the pleader, the signature of the executants and the acceptance of the authority by the pleader.
the pleader should not content himself with alleging merely the
When evidentiary material is considered, the criterion is whether the proponent of the pleading has a cause of action, not whether he has stated one, and, unless it has been shown that a material fact as claimed by the pleader to be one is not a fact at all and unless it can be said that no significant dispute exists regarding it, again dismissal should not eventuate.
A pleading which sets forth a claim for relief, whether an original claim, counter claim, crossclaim, or third-party claim, must state a cause of action and shall contain (1) a short and plain statement of the grounds upon which the court's jurisdiction depends, unless the court already has jurisdiction and the claim needs no new grounds of jurisdiction to support it, (2) a short and plain statement of the ultimate facts showing that the pleader is entitled to relief, and (3) a demand for judgment for the relief to which the pleader deems himself or herself entitled.
According to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, all that was previously required to begin a lawsuit was "a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief.
McGhee - dubbed the drunken pleader - admitted driving in Kilmarnock on July 23 while almost three times the drink limit.
Whatever it is that happens here, the artist has caught it perfectly, the pleader and the men ranged round about him in one quick rhythm of dissension or accord.
Rule 8(a)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure requires that a plaintiff's complaint contain "a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief.
The Court noted that Federal Rule 8(a) (2) "requires only 'a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief.
The pleader, moreover, had to shoehorn the facts of his case into one of the limited forms of action, such as trespass, covenant, and assumpsit.
Morgan is represented by a pleader (barrister), Moses Agabeg, an Armenian.
In reviewing Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 8(a)(2), the court found that FRCP does not impose a heightened pleading standard on a preference claim, only that it requires a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief.