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mug shot

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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.
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Origin of mug shot

First recorded in 1945–50
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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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