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rogues' gallery

a collection of portraits of criminals and suspects maintained by the police for purposes of identification.
Origin of rogues' gallery
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for rogues' gallery

rogues' gallery

a collection of photographs of known criminals kept by the police for identification purposes
a group of undesirable people
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Slang definitions & phrases for rogues' gallery

rogues' gallery

noun phrase

  1. A police collection of photographs of criminals; mug shot
  2. Any group or collection of unsavory persons; den of thieves: The new building commission is a plain rogues' gallery (1859+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with rogues' gallery

rogues' gallery

A police collection of pictures of criminals and suspects kept for identification purposes. For example, The detective went through the entire rogues' gallery but couldn't find a match with the suspect. [ Mid-1800s ]
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