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"...three for five" as stated on The Cosby Show is NOT a play on words as the answer on Wiki and other sites notes. It is a historical reference to the three-fifth rule, whereby free black slaves were counted as three-fifths of a white citizen for purposes of allocating congressional representatives among the states (five blacks were counted as three whites). Bill Cosby caveats his statement of equality and solidarity ("all for one and one for all") with the reference to a time in history when this equality did not exist.

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"All for one, one for all" is a phrase that signifies unity and solidarity, meaning that everyone should work together for the collective good. "Three for five" is not a commonly recognized phrase, so its meaning may vary depending on the context in which it is used.

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