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stitch-up

[ stich-uhp ]
/ ˈstɪtʃˌʌp /
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noun British Informal.

a scheme of deception that exploits or falsely incriminates someone, possibly leading to a false arrest; a setup: These allegations against the mayor are part of an outrageous stitch-up.

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Origin of stitch-up

First recorded in 1980–85; stitch + up
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British Dictionary definitions for stitch-up

stitch up

verb (tr, adverb)

to join or mend by means of stitches or sutures
slang
  1. to incriminate (someone) on a false charge by manufacturing evidence
  2. to betray, cheat, or defraud
slang to prearrange (something) in a clandestine manner

noun stitch-up

slang a matter that has been prearranged clandestinely
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