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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
1945-1950
1945-50
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British Dictionary definitions for mugshot

mug shot

noun
1.
(informal) a photograph of a person's face, esp one resembling a police-file picture
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Word Origin and History for mugshot
n.

also mug shot, 1950; see mug (n.2) + shot (n.) in the photographic sense.

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Slang definitions & phrases for mugshot

mug shot

noun phrase

A photograph of a person's face, esp the front and side views made for police records; art: passed around a mug shot of Willie/ She had identified a ''mug shot'' from the books as the man who attacked her (1940s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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