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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 Prophet was at times waylaid by wicked men, and sometimes arrested upon unfounded, trumped-up charges.

    Cowley's Talks on Doctrine Matthias F. Cowley
  • It began with trumped-up business, and ended in a confession.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • I threw him my thanks in a trumped-up smile, which he returned with such sweet encouragement as to nearly unman me.

    The High Heart Basil King
  • I confess that the affair looks to me like a trumped-up story.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • These are no trumped-up tales after the prediction had been fulfilled.

    There is no Death Florence Marryatt

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