plead the fifth
plead the fifth (third-person singular simple present pleads the fifth, present participle pleading the fifth, simple past and past participle pled or pleaded the fifth; see plead)
- (idiomatic) To refuse to answer a question, or refuse to speak, especially when the response would reflect badly on the speaker.
- (law, US) Alternative spelling of plead the Fifth.
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