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Dictionary entry overview: What does take the Fifth mean?
• TAKE THE FIFTH (verb)
The verb TAKE THE FIFTH has 1 sense:
1. refuse to testify by invoking the Fifth Amendment, which states that nobody may be forced to testify as a witness against himself or herself
Familiarity information: TAKE THE FIFTH used as a verb is very rare.
Dictionary entry details
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Refuse to testify by invoking the Fifth Amendment, which states that nobody may be forced to testify as a witness against himself or herself
Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
take the Fifth; take the Fifth Amendment
Hypernyms (to "take the Fifth" is one way to...):
declare (state emphatically and authoritatively)
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