trump up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v trump up invent "trump up charges"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Trump up to forge: collect from any quarter
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Quotations

  • Joseph Addison
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    “Husband a lie, and trump it up in some extraordinary emergency.”

Idioms

Come up trumps - When someone is said to have 'come up trumps', they have completed an activity successfully or produced a good result, especially when they were not expected to.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tromper, to deceive, orig. to play on the trump.

Usage

In literature:

A charge easily was trumped up, and she was dragged off to the cell of punishment.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
The next card is then turned up as a trump.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 5, No. 28, February, 1860" by Various
This, rather than the charge of treason that had been trumped up against her, was the real reason for her imprisonment.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
It is quite upon the cards that it may turn up trumps.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
I can scare up an excuse, or a meal, or a church entertainment on as short notice as any, but I declare if I ever trumped up a shroud.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
He has trumped up some infamous charge.
"A Man of Two Countries" by Alice Harriman
He trumped up that story about the steamers not running, and obtained her consent to go in yacht.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
The congregation must keep some trump up its sleeve.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Let him trump up any plausible theory he likes; it won't stand for a moment after I deny it.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
He dismissed her only this morning, on a trumped-up charge of incompetence.
"The Crevice" by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
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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
It's real Yorkshire pudden that gives me my dreams
Of a real Paradise up above,
Where at the last trump I'll queue up for a lump
Of the real Yorkshire pudden I love!
"Yorkshire Pudden" by Weston and Lee
The trump of ambition, loud sounding and shrill,
May blow its long blast, but the echoes are still,
The spring-tides are past, but no billow may reach
The spoils they have landed far up on the beach.
"Our Banker" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
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:

She is wary of developers trumping up Williamsburg's arts scene while advertising million-dollar condos.
Come on, Trump, pony up some help.
Airlines' reported pilot shortage real or trumped up.
Political corruption is "trumped up.".
Real problems or trumped-up accusations.
Cops Corral Cyclists Into Trumped-Up Tickets.
Donald Trump didn't mince words Monday, but he did clean them up.
Granted, it's not your basic musical chairs from your childhood, and will instead be a trumped-up "extreme" version of the game.
Nobody disputes that Jim Morrison was drunk and taunting police officers from the stage at a Miami concert in 1969, but his arrest and charge for indecent exposure was almost undoubtedly trumped up.
I never thought I would utter such a seemingly trumped-up declaration, yet here I am putting it in writing.
0Kellan Lutz chatted up paparazzi outside the Trump Soho in NYC Oct 26.
Kellan Lutz chatted up paparazzi outside the Trump Soho in NYC Oct 26.
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 and many others can now shut up.
Go ahead, make fun of childish candy hearts or spew nonsense about a trumped-up holiday.
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