mug shot

noun Slang.
1.
Also called headshot. an identifying photograph of a suspect or criminal, often one of a set showing a frontal view, a profile view, and a view of the back of the head.
2.
any closeup photograph of someone's face.
Also, mugshot.


Origin:
1945–50

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mug shot
 
n
informal a photograph of a person's face, esp one resembling a police-file picture

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mug shot definition


  1. n.
    a photograph of one's face taken for police records. (Underworld.) : I'm going to have to ask you to come down to the station and go through some mug shots.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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The ads end with a drunk driver having his mug shot taken after being arrested for impaired driving.
We are currently researching for old mug shot and booking photos of these offenders so they can be added.
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