mug shot


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

Examples of mug shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Raising $10 million using an ugly mug shot to raise money? ABC News, 3 Sep. 2023 Giuliani surrendered on Wednesday and posed for a mug shot. Eric Tucker, Fortune, 25 Aug. 2023 Police in Maryland have released the mug shot of a teenager accused of purposefully striking an officer with his car on a highway while trying to provoke officers into chasing him. Pilar Arias, Fox News, 19 Oct. 2023 His historic mug shot, now featured on T-shirts, mugs and posters, helped his campaign raise more than $20 million in August alone. Jill Colvin and Will Weissert,, 3 Sep. 2023 Fox News first reported on the latest fundraising details on Tuesday since the mug shot release. Soo Rin Kim, ABC News, 29 Aug. 2023 The campaign was quick to cash in on the mug shot, with his joint fundraising committee selling merchandise featuring it within two hours after Trump left the jail. Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, 27 Aug. 2023 White saw Davis’s mug shot on TV and the wheels of his mind started turning. Time, 2 Oct. 2023 His mug shot has since been released by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, confirming that the former New York City mayor had a booking photo taken after surrendering to face the charges. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mug shot was in 1950

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“Mug shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

mug shot

: a photograph of a person's face
especially : a police photograph of a suspect's face or profile

Legal Definition

mug shot

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