take the fifth

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A reference to the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states, among other things, that it may not be required of one to testify against oneself.

Verb[edit]

take the fifth

  1. (idiomatic) To decline to comment, especially on grounds that it might be incriminating.
    If you ask me who ate the last of the ice cream, I will simply take the fifth.

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