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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
To devise something fraudulently: The corrupt cop trumped up a charge of conspiracy against the people under arrest.
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.
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.