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trump up

To conceive, concoct, or devise some idea or piece of information in a fraudulent and self-serving manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "trump" and "up." He just trumped the evidence up for his proposal and hoped no one would investigate it. Their government has a long history of trumping up charges against citizens who express dissenting opinions.
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trumped up

Fraudulently conceived, concocted, or devised. Hyphenated if used before a noun. It has become clear that the so-called evidence in this report is clearly trumped up. These trumped-up charges are just an excuse for the government to silence me in jail!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

trump something up

 
1. to promote or boost something. They think they have to trump something up to get people to see it. They trumped up the movie so much that many people were disappointed when it finally came out.
2. to think something up; to contrive something. Do you just sit around trumping charges up against innocent people? They trumped up the charges in an effort to disgrace me.
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trumped up

 
1. heavily promoted; overly praised. (Hyphenated before nominal.) I don't care for trumped-up stuff like that movie. That movie was so trumped up. I expected to see something much better than it turned out to be.
2. made-up; contrived. They put Larry in the slammer on some trumped-up charge. It was a silly, trumped-up idea. Just forget it.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

trump up

Concoct fraudulently, fabricate, as in They trumped up a charge of conspiracy, or She had trumped up another excuse for not doing the work. This expression, first recorded in 1695, uses trump in the sense of "devise fraudulently," a usage otherwise obsolete.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

trump up

v.
To devise something fraudulently: The corrupt cop trumped up a charge of conspiracy against the people under arrest.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

trump something up

tv. to promote or boost something. (see also trumped up.) They trumped up the movie so much that many people were disappointed when it finally came out.
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trumped up

1. mod. heavily promoted; overly praised. That movie was so trumped up. I expected to see something much better than it turned out to be.
2. mod. made up; contrived. They put Larry in the slammer on some trumped up charge.
See also: trump, up
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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