Mug-shot meaning

A photograph of a person's face, especially one made for police files.
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Any of the photographs taken for police records of the face of a person under arrest.
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A photograph taken of the head and shoulders, often from the front and in profile, usually taken in conjunction with somebody's arrest.
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(UK, slang) An unflattering photograph of a person's face.
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Origin of mug-shot

  • Compound of mug (“face") + shot (“snapshot"), US. Compare mug (“portrait").

    From Wiktionary