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Chris -- 2011-03-08
A sequel to ‘drummed up charges.’ Also very common:
... has been arrested at least twice on jumped up charges, and badly beaten in custody.
www.networkforclimateaction.org.uk/.../ … nst_bp.doc
This law was rarely invoked and gay men were able to live openly, but Leonardo was framed on jumped-up charges …
In 1942, Starostin was arrested on jumped-up charges of plotting to kill Stalin and taken to Lubyanka, the secret police HQ, for questioning.
... But usually they were just scapegoats on jumped-up charges.
Is “jumped up” like “hopped up”, implying an increase of urgency or nervous energy, suggesting a rush to judgment? I think I’ve heard it used that way (not with charges but in other contexts).
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .
One wonders how many people who get it right—trumped up—actually image a trumpet rather than a card game.
The kind of person who would bring false charges is probably a tramp…
This substitution seems particularly common in reports from Africa.
But maybe it actually has more to do with something that’s been walked upon, since I also see:
Last edited by fpberger (2012-09-11 20:49:54)
Funny. Trampled up charges. They must have trampled on his rights. Like the victims of these false accusations, who were just innocent chumps.
I’m not fully convinced that these two so-called victims were actual victims. I truly believe that they were out to get some extra money so made up these chumped up charges against the coach.
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/lakelan … JD2BKRB3EH
Hello Penny, Guy Gadbois is currently in prison on chumped up charges but I will tell him you stopped by
While “ramped up” as a verb phrase is a legitimate idiom, the use of it as a modifier of “charges” seems to be an eggcorn. It seems to change the meaning of the idiom (trumped up meaning fabricated) to charges which, while not completely unwarranted, are more severe than necessary.
Comment on Assange: “It makes me wonder if this is bigger than just the ramped up charges against him.”
Juvenile injustice: “The charges reported are completely unjust given the alleged act, and illustrate the widespread issue in juvenile justice of ramped up charges against young people whose behavior is typical of adolescents their age.”
Last edited by larrybob (2012-09-11 23:05:22)
chumped up! HA! Love it. Reminds me of my Vietnamese students who have informed me that the common name “Tran” actually sounds more like “Chan” (/tʃan/) to my ears.