1a part of the Constitution of the United States which says that you do not have to give information in a court of law which could be used against you, and that you cannot be put in prison or have your property taken away without a proper legal trial
plead/take the Fifth (Amendment)
to refuse to give information against yourself in a court of law. People in the US sometimes use this expression humorously when they do not want to answer a question.:
• "I plead the Fifth", Jack said, when his wife wanted to know where he had been.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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