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trumped-up

[truhmpt-uhp] /ˈtrʌmptˈʌp/
adjective
1.
spuriously devised; fraudulent; fabricated:
He was arrested on some trumped-up charge.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; special use of trump1; see -ed2

trump1

[truhmp] /trʌmp/
noun
1.
Cards.
  1. any playing card of a suit that for the time outranks the other suits, such a card being able to take any card of another suit.
  2. Often, trumps. (used with a singular verb) the suit itself.
2.
Informal. a fine person; brick.
verb (used with object)
3.
Cards. to take with a trump.
4.
to excel; surpass; outdo.
verb (used without object)
5.
Cards.
  1. to play a trump.
  2. to take a trick with a trump.
Verb phrases
6.
trump up, to devise deceitfully or dishonestly, as an accusation; fabricate:
Try as they might, they were unable to trump up a convincing case against him.
Origin
1520-30; unexplained variant of triumph
Related forms
trumpless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for trumped up

trump1

/trʌmp/
noun
1.
Also called trump card
  1. any card from the suit chosen as trumps
  2. this suit itself; trumps
2.
Also called trump card. a decisive or advantageous move, resource, action, etc
3.
(informal) a fine or reliable person
verb
4.
to play a trump card on (a suit, or a particular card of a suit, that is not trumps)
5.
(transitive) to outdo or surpass
See also trumps, trump up
Derived Forms
trumpless, adjective
Word Origin
C16: variant of triumph

trump2

/trʌmp/
noun
1.
a trumpet or the sound produced by one
2.
the last trump, the final trumpet call that according to the belief of some will awaken and raise the dead on the Day of Judgment
verb
3.
(intransitive) to produce a sound upon or as if upon the trumpet
4.
(transitive) to proclaim or announce with or as if with a fanfare
5.
(intransitive) (Brit, slang) to expel intestinal gas through the anus
Word Origin
C13: from Old French trompe, from Old High German trumpa trumpet; compare trombone
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Word Origin and History for trumped up

trump

n.

"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.

v.

"surpass, beat," 1580s, from trump (n.). Related: Trumped; trumping.

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Slang definitions & phrases for trumped up

truck

verb
  1. To carry; haul; lug: Why are you trucking all that weight around? (1681+)
  2. To leave; go along (1925+ Jazz musicians)
  3. To dance the jitterbug; esp, to do a jitterbug dance called ''Truckin'' (1930s+ Jive talk)
Related Terms

mack truck


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