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 Her fist-in-the-air mug shot from a 1970 arrest at a Cleveland airport — on suspicion of smuggling drugs and assaulting a customs officer — became a silent symbol of disobedience. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Jane Fonda is no stranger to getting arrested. In fact, she’s proud of it," 18 Oct. 2019 He was fingerprinted, had a mug shot taken and was led out of the precinct in handcuffs, the Associated Press reported. Nardine Saad,, "Cuba Gooding Jr. didn’t grope anyone — he’s just ‘frisky,’ his lawyer says," 13 June 2019 The paper had published an article about Mr. Marvin’s daughter, Brooke Marvin, above the fold, along with her mug shot. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "Dying Gasp of One Local Newspaper," 1 Aug. 2019 Before being jailed, Jaws had his mug shot taken and was fingerprinted (fin-printed?). Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Texas cops 'bust' shark for possession of seaweed," 29 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of mug shot

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Mug shot.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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