frame n.2(UK/US Und.)
1. circumstances that combine to place an individual in a disadvantageous position, usu. leading to their arrest.
|Nick of the Woods I ii: Attendance, should I need any, would be such as might ill befit your frame.|
|Taking the Count 114: If he’s mixed up with a frame it ain’t on the sucker end.‘The Spotted Sheep’ in|
|Let Tomorrow Come 149: This is my second hitch, and I’m here on a frame.|
|‘A Nose for News’ in Goulart (1967) 206: It’s a frame, my chickadee.|
|Halo in Blood (1988) 211: It scared him because that old San Diego beef against Fleming had been a frame.|
|I, Mobster 111: It’s a lousy stinking frame they’re pinning on him.|
|Carny Kill (1993) 78: You knife the old gent and hang a frame on the body with May’s name on it.|
|‘Metropolitan Police Sl.’ in Scotland Yard (1972) 323: frame: the general scene, the area of suspicion.|
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] As well as me own bit of robbin, the supermarket had been hit by a couple of armed robberies [...] I’d be in the frame.|
|Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] Knox was in the frame then and I doubt he’s blameless now.|
2. corruption, malpractice.
|Taking the Count 295: ‘The paper boys won’t stand for it.’ ‘Aw, they’ve stood for lots worse frames.’.‘Easy Picking’ in|
|Old Dame Rumor 19 Oct. [synd. col.] It is rumored that the Carp-Levinsky fight was spiked [...] Maybe it was a frame and maybe it wasn’t.|
3. the general situation, esp. that surrounding the suspects in a given crime.
|Red Wind (1946 ) 92: What’s the frame, Mac? Shakedown?‘Blackmailers Don’t Shoot’ in|
|High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 331: Even if there’s a rumble and they make it stick, you may not have to do no time. We got the right frame.|
|Man with the Golden Arm 255: It began to feel like a dirty frame ’n I got scared.|
|see sense 1.|
|It Was An Accident 46: Where’s he fit in your frame then?|
1. very ugly.
|Campus Sl. Apr. 8: to’ out da frame – unattractive: ‘He was beyong ugly – he was to’ out da frame.’.|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 8: to’ out da frame – [...] drunk: ‘I don’t remember what happened – I was to’ out da frame’.|
(UK Und./police) to concoct evidence against a criminal, whether or not guilty of the crime under investigation.
|Minder [TV script] 70: Apparently Wedell’s son caved right in. Put the lot of them in the frame.‘Get Daley!’ in|
|(con. 1960s) London Blues 62: Is my name going to be put into the frame as Mr Big to protect someone else or what?|