take five


Relax, take some time off from what one is doing, as in We've been at it long enough; let's take five. This term is short for “take five minutes off.” [Slang; first half of 1900s] For a synonym, see take a break.

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How to use take five in a sentence

  • Mr. Wood will oblige me to take five-pence half-penny of his brass in every payment.

    Political Pamphlets | George Saintsbury
  • There, take five-and-twenty of the lads, and act as seems best.

    The Kopje Garrison | George Manville Fenn