To trump up

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To trump up to devise; to collect with unfairness; to fabricate; as, to trump up a charge.
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Usage

In literature:

I would not hesitate to set a trumped-up letter down to the Sans' mischief-making bureau.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
Patty is a little trump; she is plucky clear through, and I am glad to have her up in front with me.
"Patty's Summer Days" by Carolyn Wells
Had he indeed played his last card, or did one more solitary trump yet lurk up his sleeve unknown to himself?
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
You are crazy, child, to come to me with this trumped-up story!
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
And so this charge against my father was trumped up to ruin him.
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
A trump-up from beginning to ending, and too thin to keep a draught out even.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
The venom of the persecution is shown by the nature of the charge which was trumped up against her to ensure her death.
"Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10)" by Burleigh James Bartlett
I'm trying still, though, to get a key made, and it may turn up trumps.
"Blind Policy" by George Manville Fenn
What can have induced this man to trump up this charge against me I cannot say.
"The Red Rat's Daughter" by Guy Boothby
Miss Lorne and I have seen him, and trumped up a story to cover everything.
"The Riddle of the Night" by Thomas W. Hanshew
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In poetry:

To-day unbind the captive,
So only are ye unbound;
Lift up a people from the dust,
Trump of their rescue, sound!
"Boston Hymn" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
And once and again came the deep, low tone
Which only to thunder's lips is known,
And the earth held up her fearless face
And listened as if to a signal blown,--
A signal-trump in some heavenly place.
"A Thunder Storm" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

Despite their efforts to sell their trumped up class warfare to the American people, there is plenty of evidence that the Dems are engaged in what might be termed " classless warfare".
Newt Gingrich, who recently criticized child labor laws as 'stupid,' has dreamed up an 'Apprentice'-style plan with Donald Trump that would put 10 'apprenti' from New York City schools to work.
Suit says cops force motorists, largely black, to forfeit cash and cars—or be charged with trumped-up crimes.
Rob Lowe Considering Career in Politics, Challenges Donald Trump to Pony Up for Haiti.
The Jolie-Pitt family is gearing up for the holidays and a group of petitioners wants Macy's to dump Donald Trump.
Despite their efforts to sell their trumped up class warfare to the American people, there is plenty of evidence that the Dems are engaged in what might be termed "classless warfare".
Well it's time to call in Donald Trump, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Mitt Romney to sit down with the dummies in Congress and Obama and head off the fall from the fiscal cliff coming up at the end of the year.
ALTUS – In a world where technology trumps all, schools often find themselves scrambling to keep up.
In a world where technology trumps all, schools often find themselves scrambling to keep up.
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is standing up to billionaire Donald Trump, which is likely to endear Paul to his libertarian supporters more than ever as the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary approach.
Actually, if describing what you want to see happen without providing any specific policies to get us there constitutes a "plan," I can easily come up with a one- point plan that trumps Mr Romney any day.
Donald Trump didn't use his highly-rated reality show as a platform to launch his official 2012 Presidential campaign, but he didn't miss a chance to at least bring the subject up.
I have already compared the trial of 16 Americans, along with a number of Egyptians, in an Egyptian court on trumped-up charges of violating various laws to the Iranian hostage crisis in terms of the challenge it poses to American power.
In a match-up with President Obama, Trump trails the incumbent by 15 points, 49% to 34.
Is organic food little more than a trumped-up marketing scheme, another way for affluent consumers to waste money.
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