mug shot

or mug·shot

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noun Slang.

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.
any closeup photograph of someone's face.

Nearby words

  1. muffuletta,
  2. mufti,
  3. mufulira,
  4. mug,
  5. mug punter,
  6. mug up,
  7. mug's game,
  8. mugabe,
  9. mugabe, robert gabriel,
  10. mugga

Origin of mug shot

First recorded in 1945–50

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British Dictionary definitions for mugshot

mug shot

noun

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

mugshot

n.

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

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