plead the fifth

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VerbEdit

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)

  1. (idiomatic) To refuse to answer a question, or refuse to speak, especially when the response would reflect badly on the speaker.
  2. (law, US) Alternative spelling of plead the Fifth.

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Last modified on 24 December 2013, at 18:25