frame up(redirected from framed them off)
1. To put something, such as a photograph or painting, in a frame. A noun or pronoun can be used between "frame" and "up." I wanted to frame the portrait up in something really classy, like mahogany or walnut. We spent the day framing up posters and artwork to sell at the convention.
2. To construct the frame of a wall or building. A noun or pronoun can be used between "frame" and "up." We framed up the barn on the weekend, and we'll spend the next couple weeks finishing the rest of the work. There's plenty of space to add a new wall down the middle of the room. We'll just need to frame it up and start putting up drywall.
3. To falsely incriminate someone for some crime or wrongdoing, as by planting evidence or giving false testimony. A noun or pronoun can be used between "frame" and "up." He had always maintained that the police had framed him up, but no one believed him. The gang framed up the accountant so he would take the fall for the murder.
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