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 Like his black eye, seen faintly in a mug shot taken by the Arroyo Grande Police – just by chance – two days after Kristin vanished. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, "Can new info help solve the case of missing college student Kristin Smart?," 28 Nov. 2020 Aziz also was arrested over a protective order, and the complaint said a dozen NYPD officers and more than 30 male inmates could see her as the mug shot was taken. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "NYPD can no longer force Muslim women to remove hijabs in mug shots, settlement says," 10 Nov. 2020 But most of those taken into custody were released after fingerprinting and a mug shot. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "In Belarus, Women Led the Protests and Shattered Stereotypes," 11 Oct. 2020 Staff declined to release a mug shot of the senator. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, "State Sen. John Jasinski of Faribault says he takes 'complete responsibility' for drunken driving over the weekend," 4 Oct. 2020 Another page or slide contains what appears to be a still of the suspect from surveillance video, next to a mug shot of the defendant. Megan Cassidy,, "Facial recognition tech used to build SFPD gun case, despite city ban," 24 Sep. 2020 The public first saw Lane through the release of his mug shot when he was criminally charged as an accomplice barely a week after Floyd’s death, as protests against police brutality rocked the streets of Minneapolis and spread around the world. Matt Mckinney, Star Tribune, "Descended from cops, Thomas Lane's Minneapolis police career lasted 4 days," 29 Aug. 2020 Eric Paslay's new album, Nice Guy, features his menacing mug shot on the cover, and the title song is actually about someone who's not a nice guy at all. Nancy Kruh,, "Don't Be Fooled by the Mug Shot: Eric Paslay Proves He's Earned the Title of New Album Nice Guy," 18 Aug. 2020 Gardner’s name and mug shot was splashed all over local and national publications in the days to come. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Jason Gardner hired at alma mater: 'I've always wanted to coach at North Central'," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of mug shot

1950, in the meaning defined above

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6 Dec 2020

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“Mug shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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