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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FRAME

It must be admitted that this frame is finished with great care.

The mosaic border to the frame is quite unique in its design.

And, once they set out to get you—God, how they can frame things!

I had there a tiny mirror, about two-thirds of which had fallen from its frame.

And he finished his sentence with a practical illustration of his frame of mind.

He was low and thick set, with a neck like a bull, and a frame of prodigious strength.

On this theme methinks I could frame a tale with a deep moral.

The manner of fastening the ribs to the frame pieces is optional.

The same operation is to be repeated on each of the four frame pieces.

He stopped a moment, tapping the frame with his fingers to shake off the dust.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English framian "to profit, be helpful, avail, benefit," from fram "active, vigorous, bold," originally "going forward," from fram "forward; from" (see from).

Influenced by related Old English fremman "help forward, promote, further, do, perform, accomplish," and by Old Norse fremja "to further, execute." Sense focused in Middle English from "make ready" (mid-13c.) to "prepare timber for building" (late 14c.). Meaning "compose, devise" is first attested 1540s.

The criminal slang sense of "blame an innocent person" (1920s) is probably from earlier sense of "plot in secret" (1900), perhaps ultimately from meaning "fabricate a story with evil intent," first attested 1510s. Related: Framed; framing.

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