frame (someone) for (something)

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frame (someone) for (something)

To manipulate a situation so that an innocent person appears to have committed a crime (so that the actual criminal can avoid blame or detection). A: "They're framing me for this crime, officer, I swear! I would never go to a seedy place like that!" B: "Oh yeah? Then why did we find your fingerprints there?"
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When asked by Mr Hall if he believed being a 'nuisance' warranted reason to frame someone for murder, Mr Patrick replied: "I don't know why they framed me for a murder I have not committed." ?
Of course, there's also a suicide and the unmasking of a plan to frame someone for murder.