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[freym-uhp] /ˈfreɪmˌʌp/
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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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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frame up

verb phrase

To concoct; fabricate: What lie are you going to frame up for your father

[1899+; perhaps fr the carpenter's term for erecting the frame of a new building]



  1. The incrimination of an innocent person with false evidence: I'll prove to you it's a frame-up (1913+)
  2. A display of goods for sale (1940s+ Pitchmen)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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