Stitch someone up as in he is gonna stitch her up for the murder.

Here is an entry from the Cambridge Dictionary:

stitch sb up
UK slang
— phrasal verb with stitch uk ​ /stɪtʃ/ us ​ /stɪtʃ/ verb

  • to deliberately make someone look guilty of doing something that they did not do:
    He claims he was stitched up by the police.

Is there any verb that can be used in this context? Since this phrasal verb is only used in the UK, what is its American counterpart?


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frame verb [ T ] (MAKE GUILTY)
​infml to make a person seem to be guilty of a crime by providing false information:
It looked like somebody was trying to frame him.
(Cambridge Dictionary)

Example: The accused man said that he had been framed.


set up
6. phrasal verb If you are set up by someone, they make it seem that you have done something wrong when you have not.
He claimed yesterday that he had been set up after drugs were discovered at his home.
(Collins Dictionary)

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