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

1720–30; special use of trump1; see -ed2 Unabridged
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Example sentences
The play piers have taken a hold of the people which no crabbed old bachelor
  can loosen with trumped-up charges.
It was his second arrest and incarceration within a month, both times on
  trumped-up charges of corruption.
Political campaigners, lawyers and journalists are still being arrested on
  trumped-up charges.
Light and life had become enclosed by a crust of dogma or by trumped-up claims
  of hostility.
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