To trump up
Trump Trump, v. t. [F. tromper to deceive, in OF., to blow a trumpet, se tromper de to mock. See {Trump} a trumpet.] 1. To trick, or impose on; to deceive. [Obs.] ``To trick or trump mankind.'' --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

2. To impose unfairly; to palm off. [1913 Webster]

Authors have been trumped upon us. --C. Leslie. [1913 Webster]

{To trump up}, to devise; to collect with unfairness; to fabricate; as, to trump up a charge. [1913 Webster]


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  • trump up — verb invent (Freq. 1) trump up charges • Syn: ↑concoct • Derivationally related forms: ↑concoction (for: ↑concoct) • Hypernyms …   Useful english dictionary

  • trump up — verb a) to create falsely, to fabricate (particularly applied to accusations, (legal) charges or evidence). His electoral campaign to date has included attempts to trump up criminal charges against his opponents. b) Heavily publicise, promote or… …   Wiktionary

  • trump up sth/trump sth up — UK US trump up sth/trump sth up Phrasal Verb with trump({{}}/trʌmp/ verb [T] ► to give or use false information so that someone will be accused of doing something wrong and punished: »The accusation, she said, was trumped up in order to get rid… …   Financial and business terms

  • trump up sth — UK US trump up sth/trump sth up Phrasal Verb with trump({{}}/trʌmp/ verb [T] ► to give or use false information so that someone will be accused of doing something wrong and punished: »The accusation, she said, was trumped up in order to get rid… …   Financial and business terms

  • trump up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms trump up : present tense I/you/we/they trump up he/she/it trumps up present participle trumping up past tense trumped up past participle trumped up to deliberately make up information that connects someone… …   English dictionary

  • trump up — {v.} To make up (something untrue); invent in the mind. * /Every time Tom is late getting home he trumps up some new excuse./ * /The Russians were afraid he was a spy, so they arrested him on a trumped up charge and made him leave the country./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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