- spuriously devised; fraudulent; fabricated: He was arrested on some trumped-up charge.
Origin of trumped-up
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Examples from the Web for trumped-up
Three Al Jazeera journalists have been jailed in Egypt on trumped-up charges of collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Sweeping gun control measures, the DREAM Act, and the trumped-up “war on women” immediately come to mind.2014 New Year’s Resolutions for the D.C. Political Establishment
January 2, 2014
Unless you help to make the laws, They'll steal your house with trumped-up clause.David's Book Club: Up From History
February 2, 2013
With the help of the police and the judiciary, dissidents are unlawfully clapped into jails on trumped-up charges.General Basbug’s Arrest Underscores Growing Civilian Power in Turkey
January 6, 2012
Spadaro blew the whistle and was fired two years later on trumped-up charges.Meet Mr. Mining Disaster
April 8, 2010
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
A hero so big that all these trumped-up charges against you will be dropped?The Last Place on Earth
James Judson Harmon