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five-second rule3

noun

in basketball, a rule that a closely-guarded player cannot hold the ball for more than five seconds without dribbling, passing, or shooting

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five-second rule

noun phrase

The belief that if one picks up a dropped food item very quickly, it is safe to eat: five-second rule in the cafeteria

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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