frame-up


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

frame-up

A situation manipulated so that an innocent person appears to have committed a crime (so that the actual criminal can avoid blame or detection). A: "It's a frame-up, officer, I swear! I would never go to a seedy place like that!" B: "Oh yeah? Then why did we find your fingerprints there?"

frameup

verb
See frame

frame-up

verb
See frame
References in periodicals archive ?
The focus on TV soap operas has given way to an incredible tale of alleged intrigue, deceit and frame-ups, lighting up the dark recesses of corruption in the police, the judiciary and public administration.
Green told Sheridan, who is now representing himself in court after sacking his lawyers: "For you to turn round and accuse me of monstrous frame-ups - it is shameful, Tommy, it is shameful.
Moreover, LA residents--the jury pool in other words--were perhaps more aware than the rest of the nation of the LAPD's history of flagrant frame-ups, particularly racialized ones.
Los Angeles' ongoing police scandal continues to grow: As many as 70 officers are now under investigation for their possible roles in an ugly web of shootings, beatings, drug-dealing, frame-ups, perjury, and corruption.
The 33-year-old man arrested Thursday had some 700 pamphlets saying that crimes AUM is accused of are frame-ups by the media, the police said.
In a movie-mad society, where some of the most popular screenplays revolve around frame-ups and insider dealings, accepting that real life often isn't like that is hard to swallow.
This splendid evasion is an apt figure for all the frame-ups foiled in Darktown Strutters.
More often than not, judges see through the frame-ups and acquit the defendants.