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