The depositions of other officers suggested that the “property damage” charges were not just bizarre, but trumped up.
Of course, it's an even worse form of bullying to arrest children on trumped up charges of "blasphemy."
He went on to say that “some of the victimology and all of this other stuff is trumped up.”
He also thinks allegations that drone strikes kill civilians are trumped up.
It explains why a trumped up story of online vitriol—we are, mind you, talking about Jeopardy!
Is that trumped up, farcical idea, your excuse for fighting me?
And so this charge against my father was trumped up to ruin him.
But that motive, after all, had simply been trumped up to justify his own disloyalty: he had never really believed in it.
They would declare I had trumped up the case to forestall my dismissal.
Mrs. Fairfax trumped up a will in favor of herself, a brilliant scheme.
"playing card of a suit ranking above others," 1520s, alteration of triumph, name of a card game.
"trumpet," c.1300, from Old French trompe "long, tube-like musical wind instrument" (12c.), cognate with Provençal tromba, Italian tromba, all probably from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German trumpa and Old Norse trumba "trumpet"), of imitative origin.
"surpass, beat," 1580s, from trump (n.). Related: Trumped; trumping.