"trump up" = inflate

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Apr 15 02:36:39 UTC 2008

At 10:22 PM -0400 4/14/08, Mark Mandel wrote:
>  > At 4/14/2008 11:04 AM, Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:
>>   >i also suspect that most people here are unfamiliar with the 'inflate,
>>   >blow up, exaggerate' sense of "trump up"; for most of us, it looks
>>   >like an innovation (or a survival, or a previously unencountered
>>   >dialect item).
>Yes, that's new ("Wrong! Wrong!" shouts the voice inside) to me.
Another possible factor in "trump up" = 'exaggerate, inflate':  the Donald.


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