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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frame-up

Contemporary Examples of frame-up

Historical Examples of frame-up

  • “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

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
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