With the aid of necessity, I have seen them trump up geological disquisitions.
Nowadays, it's as much as he can do to trump up henergy to let off a single damn.
If we hang around here for another day they'll trump up another fake charge an' clean us out!
I must trump up some business with the proprietor as an excuse for coming in.
In most cases nothing was easier than to trump up a false charge against any one whom the Emperor desired to ruin.
I can trump up some excuse to mother about not staying all night with you, as I intended.
Obsequious menials might even set the dogs at him, or trump up a charge against him and put him in jail.
After all was said and done she could trump up an excuse if she was discovered.
"To hear what lies you could trump up," replied Kendal boldly.
At the same time, he had to trump up an objection to the flat.
"playing card of a suit ranking above others," 1520s, alteration of triumph, name of a card game.
"trumpet," c.1300, from Old French trompe "long, tube-like musical wind instrument" (12c.), cognate with Provençal tromba, Italian tromba, all probably from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German trumpa and Old Norse trumba "trumpet"), of imitative origin.
"surpass, beat," 1580s, from trump (n.). Related: Trumped; trumping.