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[freym-uhp] /ˈfreɪmˌʌp/
noun, Informal.
a fraudulent incrimination of an innocent person.
Origin of frame-up
1895-1900, Americanism; frame + up, modeled on nominalizations of phrasal verbs, with up as perfective particle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • “It kinda looks to me like a frame-up,” he resumed from his fresh viewpoint.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • Blowed if I see why she'd do it, but it might be they fixed a frame-up between them.

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • I knew from the first that the whole thing was to be a frame-up.

    Heist Job on Thizar Gordon Randall Garrett
  • “That the whole darned deal was a frame-up,” declared Uncle Jepson.

    The Range Boss Charles Alden Seltzer
  • The most I'd have got on that frame-up would've been ten years.

    The Man Who Hated Mars Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He went on reading the papers and presently exclaimed: Its a frame-up.

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
  • And it will be a frame-up for poor old Dan and Clarence, too!

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • Possibly it was a "frame-up" on the part of the men, or perhaps it just happened.

    In the Track of the Trades Lewis R. Freeman
  • Say, sis, Benny called out sharply, what sort of frame-up is this?

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
British Dictionary definitions for frame-up


noun (slang)
a conspiracy to incriminate someone on a false charge
a plot to bring about a dishonest result, as in a contest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for frame-up



  1. The incrimination of an innocent person with false evidence: I'll prove to you it's a frame-up (1913+)
  2. A display of goods for sale (1940s+ Pitchmen)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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