Green’s Dictionary of Slang

frame n.2

(UK/US Und.)

1. [mid-19C; 1910s+] circumstances that combine to place an individual in a disadvantageous position, usu. leading to their arrest.

2. [1910s-20s] corruption, malpractice.

3. [1930s+] the general situation, esp. that surrounding the suspects in a given crime.

In phrases

out of the frame (adj.) [1990s+] (US black/campus)

1. very ugly.

2. drunk.

put in the frame (v.)

[1960s+] (UK Und./police) to concoct evidence against a criminal, whether or not guilty of the crime under investigation.