rogues' gallery

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a collection of portraits of criminals and suspects maintained by the police for purposes of identification.
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Origin of rogues' gallery

First recorded in 1855–60
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How to use rogues' gallery in a sentence

  • He does not recognize any of the Rogues Gallery portraits as that of the man from whom he received the goods.

  • Itd be so nice if you were a criminal and had your picture in the rogues gallery.

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  • I just asked him to have a drink when he said he didnt drink with strangers and hinted I had my picture in the rogues gallery.

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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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Other 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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