mug shot

mug shot
a photograph of someone's face (especially one made for police records)
Syn: ↑mugshot
Hypernyms: ↑photograph, ↑photo, ↑exposure, ↑picture, ↑pic
Member Holonyms: ↑mug file, ↑mug book

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: a photograph of a person's face — usually used of official police photographs

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1. 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 one's face.

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mugˈshot or mug shot noun (informal)
A photograph of a person's face, esp one taken for police records
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Main Entry:mug

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mug shot UK US noun [countable] [singular mug shot plural mug shots] informal
a photograph of someone’s face, taken by the police for their records
Thesaurus: crime detection and preventionhyponym

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mug shot,
a photograph of a person for police purposes: »

Scotland Yard, the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police exchanged “mug shots” of some of their most wanted criminals (New York Times).

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(also mugshot) n. informal a photograph of a person's face made for an official purpose, esp. police records
humorous any photograph of a person's face

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noun, pl ⋯ shots [count]
: a photograph of someone's face; especially : a photograph taken by the police of someone who has been arrested

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