Taking the Fifth

Definition of "Taking the Fifth"
  1. A decision to not testify in a trial because the testimony could potentially lead to self-incrimination, based on the protections granted by the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
How to use "Taking the Fifth" in a sentence
  1. In the face of heavy questioning, the defendant opted for taking the Fifth to avoid self-incrimination.
  2. Taking the Fifth is a right protected by the constitution, allowing a witness to remain silent during proceedings.
  3. In the court today, she was taking the Fifth when the prosecutor asked about her involvement.

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