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The supposed amount of time (5 seconds)you have to pick up food after it's been dropped on the ground or floor. Allegedly, the bacteria doesn't get on it before 5 seconds is up so you can still eat it if you pick it up really quickly. Sadly, it's all bullshit and not true but it makes good for justification - mainly so people don't call you gross.
*drops an ice lolly*
"FIVE SECOND RULE!"
*picks it up, brushes it off, sticks in mouth*
by Nadia July 09, 2004
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Any food that has fallen on the ground is allowed a maximum of 5 seconds before it is left as trash.
Well...I picked up this banana before it was on the ground for longer than 5 seconds. That's the 5 second rule.
by Joel July 09, 2004
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when food falls to the ground from your mouth/hand/counter/etc if its down for less than 5 seconds its still okay to eat any longer and it is trash
I was eating my cookie,tripped,dropped it on the floor,but it was down for a second,and was still eatable.
by Iceey Baby July 10, 2004
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The tacit requirement in ultra-clean American society that dropped food must not lay upon the ground for longer than five seconds in order to be still edible. Certain requirements about food type (i.e., non-sticky or attracting of dirt particles) generally apply.
Dude! I dropped my Dorito! Five second rule...still good.
by quetzalphoenix July 10, 2004
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A long standing rule in which any food which is dropped on the floor/ground is still "good" and edible if it was only in contact with the surface for less than 5 seconds. Incorporated mainly by clumsy children but is often used by teenagers and adults as well.
"Dude, this hotdog is awesome....damn, I dropped it on the ground. No big deal, its still good takes a big bite, 5 second rule!! mumbles with mouth full"
by zebo2k July 11, 2004
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A unspoken rule where if any sort of food falls to the ground, if you pick it back up in 5 seconds or less it is still okay to eat.
Oh no i dropped a skittle, its only been 3 seconds, its still good.
by Nathan Charette July 10, 2004
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the 5 second rule is for Chairs, so if you get up another person has 5 second to take your chair
Bill: drinks anyone
ben: Beer please
Gail: tea
Ron: Coffee
Rob: Lemonade
Bill: okies
Rob: 5..4...3...2...1..0 JAcked
Bill: wat you going in my chair
Rob: 5 Second rule mate
by Checken April 15, 2008
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