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trumped-up

[truhmpt-uhp] /ˈtrʌmptˈʌp/
adjective
1.
spuriously devised; fraudulent; fabricated:
He was arrested on some trumped-up charge.
Origin of trumped-up
1720-1730
1720-30; special use of trump1; see -ed2
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  • It began with trumped-up business, and ended in a confession.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • He dismissed her only this morning, on a trumped-up charge of incompetence.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • I admit I'm wanted in New York on a trumped-up charge of embezzlement.

    The Winning Clue

    James Hay, Jr.
  • I confess that the affair looks to me like a trumped-up story.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • A hero so big that all these trumped-up charges against you will be dropped?

    The Last Place on Earth James Judson Harmon

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