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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.
See also: gallery

rogues gallery

Originally, a portrayal of a group of disreputable individuals, such as wanted criminals, but later used humorously for any group photograph. The term, also spelled rogue’s gallery, originated in the mid-1800s for a collection of criminals’ portraits. A century later it was used more lightly, as in “Bob Dylan, Arthur Lee, Keith Richard, Bob Marley—the rogue’s gallery of rebel input that forms the hard stuff at the centre of rock” (Kathy McKnight and John Tobler, Bob Marley: The Roots of Reggae, 1977).
See also: gallery, rogue

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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His image was uploaded onto West Midlands Police's new online Rogues Gallery, launched in April as part of Operation Serve & Protect.
Are you free in a couple of weeks?''' Wilner's idea was that Robbins should join his Rogues Gallery band, which was about to tour Europe in support of its album Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys (2006).
Others to follow Hexham: 5.25 Shannon's Pride, 5.55 Jimmy Byrne, 6.25 Fishki's Lad, 6.55 Midlem Melody, 7.25 Benbeoch, 7.55 Rogues Gallery, 8.25 Monty's Quest.
It could well be down to the fact that a veritable rogues gallery of hell-raising football legends will be supping in town.
Shakespeare In Print looks at the rogues gallery of men who brought the Bard to the people down the centuries.
A rogues gallery featuring suspected criminals thought to have carried out 100 crimes across Staffordshire has been released by police.
Clinton's qualification for the African-American rogues gallery has earned him a few choice honorifics rarely bestowed on white people.
In our slot aimed at shining the spotlight on budding authors, Rony Bridges gives us the inside story on his first novel, Rogues Gallery.
ROGUES GALLERY AT PUB A BUSINESSMAN has put up a display of CCTV pictures outside a bar to try to catch two burglary suspects.
THE North East's newest museum has opened its doors - and its exhibitions are a real-life rogues gallery. Mugshots of some of the country's most famous villains line the walls of a new museum set up to chronicle the history of Durham jail.
When Des O'Malley fled Haughey's clutches to found his own party, he took a rogues gallery with him, including two current ministers, Mary Harney - and Martin Cullen, who later returned to Fianna Fail.
A ROGUES gallery of shoplifters is being used to crack down on crime.
He will also introduce guests to a Crimewatch-style rogues gallery of crimes which take place in our woods including a burnt-out car, a pile of fly-tipping, a forest barrier cut in half and a drugs stash hidden under some turf.
Colin Taylor, who was being hunted by Northumbria Police after breaching the terms of his prison sentence, has been listed on the rogues gallery on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection's website in a bid to ensure he is caught.
Newcastle: 1.20 Into The Shadows, 1.50 Black Smoke, 2.50 Tomasino, 3.20 Rogues Gallery.