rogues' gallery

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rogues' gallery

1. old-fashioned A collection of photographs of known criminals and suspects kept and used by police to identify people taken into custody. The constable recognized the shady character from the rogues' gallery back at the station.
2. By extension, any collection of unsavory, unpleasant, or undesirable people or things. Often used humorously or ironically. The film is a veritable rogues' gallery of bad cinema—bad direction, bad acting, bad cinematography, bad everything. The new studio calls is something of a rogues' gallery of developers that used to work for the biggest video game publishers in the industry.
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rogues' gallery

A police collection of pictures of criminals and suspects kept for identification purposes. For example, The detective went through the entire rogues' gallery but couldn't find a match with the suspect . [Mid-1800s]
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a ˌrogues’ ˈgallery

(informal, humorous) a collection of photographs of criminals: Have you seen these photos of the new teachers? What a rogues’ gallery!
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rogues gallery

Collection of “head shot” photographs. A rogues gallery is a compilation of “mug shot” photos of actual and suspected criminals maintained by police departments for purposes of identification. The practice began in the mid-19th century with the development of photography. By extension, any collection of head-and-shoulder photos, such as college fraternity composites and academic yearbooks, is jokingly referred to as rogues galleries.
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He was also identified then from the local police rogues' gallery, a compilation of photos of persons previously arrested and booked at the police station.
I'm now in the rogues' gallery but I don't feel any guilt GEORGE EDWARDSNESSIE PHOTO HOAXER
Thanks for running a photo of the jacket of Rogues' Gallery, my history of the men and women behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with your recent article ["Met Expectations," by David Wallace-Wells, Washington Monthly, March/April 2010] on Calvin Tomkins's forty-year-old book on the institution.
Adding to the rogues' gallery of 'Things they'd wish they'd never said' is Sky News presenter Julie Etchingham.
Aside from vulgar entertainers and corporate vultures, his rogues' gallery is populated almost exclusively by left-of-center public figures, pundits, and media personalities: Michael Moore, Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, Howard Dean, George Soros, Bill Moyers, Gloria Steinem, Dan Rather, and other usual suspects (plus some who are so obscure or so passe as to be unusual).
Now Vic is stepping away from his 'light entertainer' guise once more as he appears in Rogues' Gallery, a documentary series for The Discovery Channel, about famous historical rogues and villains.
At one corner of the bar, there's a bit of a rogues' gallery of fun moments from all the events that have been staged.
A rogues' gallery of prolific thieves is being used by store bosses to smash shoplifting in a Teesside town.
Anthrax, a scourge once confined to farmers and wool handlers, has become a member of the rogues' gallery of biological weapons.
A rogues' gallery is giving crooks the boot from a Tyneside shopping centre.
Cars have to be 15 days overdue before the hirer it joins the rogues' gallery.
Now, thanks to a daring story line in DC Comics' popular Green Lantern series, a trio of fag bashers who assault a gay teen can be added to that rogues' gallery.
There has been a rogues' gallery of such characters recently, from the scam artist Nikki Davies in ``Kiss or Kill'' (1997) to O'Connor's period turns as adulterous Emma Bovary and Austenian doormat Fanny Price in, respectively, ``Madame Bovary'' and ``Mansfield Park.
Video explorations of completed buildings are on display here and the office personnel - which now includes language teachers - is represented by a rogues' gallery of mug-shots stretching all along one wall.
Titled "Proof That the Seventies Have Finally Begun," it placed the artist among an oddly appropriate rogues' gallery of zeitgeist-shapers that included Neal E.