spuriously devised; fraudulent; fabricated: He was arrested on some trumped-up charge.

Origin of trumped-up

1720–30; special use of trump1; see -ed2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trumped-up

Contemporary Examples of trumped-up

Historical Examples of trumped-up

  • 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