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mug shot

1. An official photograph taken of someone being brought into police custody, usually characterized by the person wearing a grim or blank expression on their face. The celebrity's unflattering mug shot quickly spread across the Internet overnight following his DUI arrest. I actually managed to make a really goofy face while the cops took my mug shot, which pissed them off to no end.
2. Any portrait or photograph that resembles such a picture. I hate getting my mug shot taken at the DMV for my license—I always look terrible! Wow, nice mug shot! Couldn't smile for the camera, could you?
See also: mug, shot

mug shot

n. a photograph of one’s face taken for police records. (Underworld.) I’m going to have to ask you to come down to the station and go through some mug shots.
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The newspaper had originally carried an official mug-shot of him on its front page, along with seven others, as part of a police campaign calling on the public to help track down wanted criminals.
It's always on page 2 of a print publication, and it always features a mug-shot photo of a middle-aged white guy who's trying to look friendly and approachable yet serious and dignified at the same time.
The 32-year-old Avon and Somerset Constabulary PC only needs to look at a mug-shot or wanted poster for a few seconds to store a "total recall" image.
Traditional methods of identifying suspects through mug-shot books may soon be a thing of the past, according to an article in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.
She also had a police mug-shot taken in her white dress.
A number of fresh inquiries are being pursued and two suspects handed themselves in after their mug-shots appeared in the newspaper this week.
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.
Twelve police mug-shots show how she degenerated from a bright-eyed 16 year old into a pitiful junkie.