Definitions for take the fifth
take the Fifth, take the Fifth Amendment(verb)
refuse to testify by invoking the Fifth Amendment, which states that nobody may be forced to testify as a witness against himself or herself
take the fifth(Verb)
To decline to comment, especially on grounds that it might be incriminating.
Origin: 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.
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