Definition of frame-up in English:

frame-up

noun

informal
  • [in singular] A conspiracy to falsely incriminate someone.

    • ‘But it did not occur to me that there could be a mistake, that he could be innocent, let alone the victim of a frame-up.’
    • ‘A campaign against the frame-up was immediately launched by the International Labor Defense, the legal and defense arm of the US Communist Party.’
    • ‘When he witnesses yet another murder being committed by his client, intimidation, kidnapping, and a vicious frame-up conspire to try to keep him from telling what he knows.’
    • ‘More stridently he asserted that the evidence of the State appeared to be ‘a frame-up.’’
    • ‘He and his family immediately claimed he was the victim of a frame-up by his in-laws, but the press reported that the police viewed this as highly unlikely.’
    • ‘That the timing of the youths' arrests was politically motivated and the charges against them are a frame-up is underscored by the fact that the police concede that they have had the group under surveillance for months.’
    • ‘The case against the youth is a blatant frame-up.’
    • ‘He denied the charges and accused the government of orchestrating a frame-up.’
    • ‘When he disappears, and she eventually tries to find and help him, she too becomes enmeshed in the state frame-up against her husband.’
    • ‘In a very significant departure from established law, the Act reverses the burden of proof, overturning a basic protection against police frame-up.’
    • ‘The accusations of sabotage are being viewed among workers as a crude frame-up attempt, aimed at creating conditions to sack the crew and bypass the court.’
    • ‘Almost from the outset, their arrest showed signs of being a frame-up.’
    • ‘If it was intended to become part of a frame-up, it was sloppily done.’
    • ‘So far we don't have sufficient evidence to decide whether he committed a crime or whether it was a frame-up or a political conspiracy.’
    • ‘He called the prosecution case against him a frame-up that is part of a government-inspired persecution stretching back decades.’
    • ‘Racist and anti-communist prejudice was the glue which kept these dirty frame-ups from crumbling.’
    • ‘The disclosure of more details will let the public know that he really committed the offence with indisputable evidence and there were no elements of a frame-up or political conspiracy.’
    • ‘Now that the frame-up of the Egyptian has fallen apart, the whole cover-up has also fallen apart.’
    • ‘Significantly, in the vast majority of these cases, the victims of police frame-up confessed rather than take their chances in the court system.’
    • ‘The three protested loudly that this was foul play and a shameless frame-up, but even if they can have all the words in the world to say, it was a waste of time in front of the well-scripted policemen.’
    conspiracy, plot, scheme, collusion
    trick, trap, deception, entrapment
    false charge, trumped-up charge
    put-up job, fit-up, set-up
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Pronunciation:

frame-up

/ˈfrām ˌəp/