- 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.
Origin of mug shot
First recorded in 1945–50
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Contemporary Examples of mugshot
Stakes was duly fingerprinted and made to pose for a mugshot, as Zimmerman still has not in connection with the Martin shooting.New Sanford, Fla., Case Asks, Just When Can You Stand Your Ground?
March 28, 2012
- 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
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