Значение идиомы take the fifth

[take the fifth] {v. phr.}, {informal} 1. Taking refuge behind theFifth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States whichguarantees any witness the right not to incriminate himself whiletestifying at a trial.

Alger Hiss took the Fifth when asked whetherhe was a member of the Communist Party.

2. Not to answer any questionin an informal setting.

Have you been married before? – I take theFifth.

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Значение идиомы take the fifth