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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

plead for

1. To beg someone or appeal in earnest to someone's good nature for something to happen or be granted. The prisoner threw himself at the king's feet, pleading for his life. Daniel pleaded for a bit more time to finish the project, but the boss went ahead and fired him for the delay.
2. To beg someone or appeal in earnest to someone's good nature for someone to be spared some fate or treatment. The mother pleaded for her son, but the king had him executed on the spot. She pleaded for her brother when their mother threatened to whip him with the belt.
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plead not guilty (to something)

To formally deny that one is guilty (of some crime or accusation). The defendant pleaded not guilty, and he will go to trial where he will face the possibility of life in prison, or even death. My client pleads not guilty, your honor.
See also: guilty, not, plead

plead guilty (to something)

To formally admit and declare that one is guilty (of some crime or accusation). The defendant avoided a possible death sentence by pleading guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. My client pleads guilty, your honor.
See also: guilty, plead

plead to (something)

To formally admit and declare that one is guilty of a particular crime. The defendant pleaded to manslaughter to avoid a murder conviction.
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plead down to (something)

1. To formally admit and declare that one is guilty of a lesser criminal charge. The defendant pleaded down to a manslaughter charge to avoid the death penalty. He pleaded down to a single charge of perjury in exchange for cooperating with the FBI's investigation of the drug cartel.
2. To receive a lower punishment or prison sentence by formally admitting to a lesser criminal charge. She pled down to 18 months in prison. You might be able to plead down to 10 years, but if you go to trial, you're looking at life in prison.
3. To negotiate a deal with prosecutors or a judge in which a guilty plea is formally made for a lesser criminal charge on someone else's behalf. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "plead" and "down." The defense attorney managed to plead him down to a misdemeanor. He pleaded his client down to a reckless endangerment charge.
4. To negotiate a deal with prosecutors or a judge on someone else's behalf so that they a lower punishment or prison sentence is formally admitting to a lesser criminal charge. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "plead" and "down." I've built a good rapport with the judge overseeing your case, and I think we might be able to plead you down to community service. My attorney pled me down to 15 years in a minimum security prison, which sure as hell beats the prospect of life behind bars.
See also: down, plead

plead with (one)

To beg one or appeal in earnest to one's good nature (for something or to do something). I pleaded with him to reconsider, but he said his mind was made up. Don't go pleading with your mother for more ice cream—you've already had enough!
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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.
See also: plead

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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Sharon Wootton, 52, of Orchard Park, St Mellons, was fined PS60 and given three penalty points after pleading guilty to speeding.
During the ensuing two months, though depositions have not yet begun, Plaintiffs have obtained evidence proving fraud, conversion and misappropriation of their assets and determined that it was prudent to immediately amend pleadings.
Shiva Kumar, 33, of Wyverne Road Cardiff, was fined pounds 60 and given three penalty points after pleading guilty to speeding in a 30mph area.
Based on its evaluation of the terms of the unsolicited offer by Pathmark described in Fleet's pleading, Big V believes the suggested value is highly inadequate and does not represent the true value of Big V.
Keith Large, 30, of Westonbirt Close, St Mellons, Cardiff, was jailed for four months and banned from driving for three years after pleading guilty to drink-driving in the capital's Willowbrook Drive on August 20.
Perez, who is serving a five-year sentence after pleading guilty to stealing cocaine from an evidence locker, told authorities he and Durden shot Ovando, then handcuffed him and planted a gun on him to frame him.
Lee Robert Ellis, 35, of Grenchard Drive, Llanishen, Cardiff, was given an 18-month conditional discharge after pleading guilty to possessing heroin and cannabis and failing to surrender to custody.
By pleading no contest, under a deal with prosecutors, he will be eligible for parole.
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.
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.
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.
The early pleading, she added, probably will count in Peterson's favor when he is sentenced Sept.
The following cases were heard before Cardiff Magistrates' Court - Anthony Parle, 43, of Llanidloes Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, was fined pounds 300 with pounds 55 costs and had his licence endorsed with 10 penalty points after pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention, failing to stop and provide details after an accident and failing to report an accident.
Eve Wingfield had served 20 months of a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to killing the child, but a judge released her after new evidence emerged suggesting it was her boyfriend who caused the fatal injuries to 2-year-old Lance Helms.
Lee Anthony Dancy, 20, of Trowbridge Green, Rumney, Cardiff, was given a 12-month conditional discharge after pleading guilty to two counts of criminal damage.