mug shot


Definition of mug shot

: a photograph of usually a person's head and especially face specifically : a police photograph of a suspect's face or profile

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Meanwhile, Papadopoulos’s carefree tweets, including smiling snapshots of his wife on his lap and beside him at the beach, are a far cry from the frowning mug shot taken after his arrest at Dulles Airport last summer. Washington Post, "Mueller’s Russia probe shows it pays to cooperate," 5 Apr. 2018 The Center’s Perpetual Lineup project includes a model bill for regulating facial recognition, focused on restricting police access to driver’s license and mug shot databases. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "How should we regulate facial recognition?," 29 Aug. 2018 Police fed the man’s photo into the Maryland Image Repository System (MIRS), which matched it against tens of millions of photos from state driver’s licenses, offender photos and an FBI mug shot database. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "Police used facial-recognition software to identify suspect in newspaper shooting," 29 June 2018 The system also has access to the FBI’s mug shot database, which would add another 25 million faces to search through. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "How facial recognition helped police identify the Capital Gazette shooter," 29 June 2018 In fact, his label famously used his mug shot as publicity stills, a move that was part gimmick and part necessity. Gerrick D. Kennedy,, "XXXTentacion, controversial rapper who broke out amid legal troubles, dead at 20," 19 June 2018 Court officials barred the media from taking photos of the defendant, and police have not released her mug shot. Washington Post, "Woman accused of dismembering roommate appears in court," 8 June 2018 His mug shot and a dash cam video of the arrest, which came nearly six weeks after Woods had spinal fusion surgery, went viral. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods is in a better place one year after DUI arrest threatened his career," 30 May 2018 His dealer picked up Lindell's phone and snapped a photo of the addict's face - walking dead skin tone, disheveled hair, mug shot scowl. The Washington Post,, "Of course the MyPillow guy has a story -- and it's wilder than you think," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of mug shot

1950, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of mug shot

: a photograph of someone's face especially : a photograph taken by the police of someone who has been arrested

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Legal Definition of mug shot

: a police photograph of a suspect's face or profile that is taken when the suspect is booked

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