take the Fifth

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v take the Fifth refuse to testify by invoking the Fifth Amendment, which states that nobody may be forced to testify as a witness against himself or herself
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Idioms

Take the fifth - (USA) If you do not want to answer a question you can take the fifth, meaning you are choosing not to answer. ('Plead the fifth' is also used.)
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Usage

In literature:

The fifth act takes us to the banks of the Weser, where Gertrud sits in despair.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
You'd better take it to the Fifth Class.
"The Nicest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
Fifth, a Christian lady would need to be willing to take care of the children, and act as my housekeeper in my absence from home.
"How I Know God Answers Prayer" by Rosalind Goforth
Take the third turning on the left, the second on the right and the fifth on the left, and then ask again.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 147, August 12, 1914" by Various
This building was one of the first to take fire on Fifth street.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
Take the case of John Frena, who occupies a place of no particular distinction in the fifth year of the Gary schools.
"The New Education" by Scott Nearing
At the end of the fifth year an examination takes place.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
Halfmen had even managed to take service with the fleet during the war with the Fifth Planet.
"The Weakling" by Everett B. Cole
On the fifth day we were able to proceed and to take the convalescent man with us.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker
A monastery was founded here in the fifth century by St. Brieuc, from whom the town itself and the present cathedral take their name.
"The Cathedrals of Northern France" by Francis Miltoun
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In news:

As a former teacher in the Gloversville Enlarged School District, I always felt very fortunate to have been able to take my fifth-grade classes to the Hale Creek Field Station.
Salahis Vow to Take the Fifth .
Former WorldCom CEO, CFO Take the Fifth .
Pacquiao may be ready to take the fifth .
Pacquiao may be ready to take the fifth.
O'Keeffe's sixth-place finish helped the Devil girls take fifth among California's Division I teams.
The collection point at 55 Mahalani St is part of the fifth National Take Back Initiative.
"A riot of color" is taking over the Pinehurst Fair Barn next weekend for the fifth Quilting in the Pines Show.
Cornell Football takes on visiting Dartmouth this Saturday on the 62nd anniversary of the fifth down game.
Local police said the attack was the fifth – and the second murder – to take place at the district over the past month.
The 2010 Outsider Art Fair will take place Feb 5–7 at 7 West 34th Street off of Fifth Avenue, returning to the venue it moved to last year.
Ellis takes a late throw during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012, in Los Angeles.
Barack Obama becomes the fifth-youngest man to take the reins of Presidential power.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has rejected the appeal of a man convicted of taking a fifth-grade classroom hostage at gunpoint.
Port Angeles ripped Sequim pitching for three runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a 9-3 Olympic League win in Sequim Friday afternoon.
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