plead the fifth

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plead the fifth (third-person singular simple present pleads the fifth, present participle pleading the fifth, simple past and past participle pled the fifth or pleaded the fifth)

  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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