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[truhmpt-uhp] /ˈtrʌmptˈʌp/
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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • In some cases, lawyers have been indicted and even convicted, and sentenced to prison on trumped-up charges.
  • Subsequently, the manager was discharged on a trumped-up charge.

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