frame-up

[freym-uhp]

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
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British Dictionary definitions for frame up

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
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