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

Examples of mug shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, her name and mug shot will always be out there. Molly Longman,, 8 July 2022 His latest culminated in an arrest last week that produced a surreal mug shot photo of the once-clean-cut TV actor. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Even the famous photos of Parks being fingerprinted and her mug shot, often attributed to the 1955 bus incident, are really from her 1956 arrest for her role as one of the organizers of the boycott, notes Theoharis. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 17 June 2022 That’s the story told by the film’s poster, which features a diptych of star Mark Wahlberg, looking rough and rueful in a mug shot and then beatific in Catholic clergy apparel. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 After showing witnesses a mug shot from a previous case, the affidavit says, detectives determined that S-2 was Kurt Hewitt. Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2021 Russian state television released the news on Saturday and accompanying video of Griner going through airport security and a mug shot have since been made public. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Mar. 2022 Harris remembers seeing Sohna’s mug shot in the local news more than once over the years. Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2022 There’s no key word in our system to say a photo is a mug shot. cleveland, 26 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mug shot

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Mug shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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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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