mug shot n.
1. a picture taken by the police and used for criminal records.
|Marion Dly Mirror (OH) 22 Jan. 5/4: Phillips objected strongly to having his ‘mug shot,’ as the police say, and it was after a struggle [...] that the photographer was able to locate the prisoner’s face with the camera.|
|cited in DAS (1975) 3491: The police passed around a mug shot of Willie.|
|Corruption City 60: Cicero showed her a mug picture of Jimmy Kchop.|
|Mute Witness (1997) 14: Not quite the same picture as the mug-shots in the police folder.|
|No Beast So Fierce 15: He was probably going for fingerprinting and a mug photo.|
|Call Me Not A Man 93: Their eyes told me they already knew. Perhaps from a mugshot they had picked up from the pass department.‘Pilgrimage to Makana’|
|Skin Tight 23: [The face] didn’t match the mug shots, not even close.|
|Night Dogs 149: [H]e knew most of the others. Their mugshots were in the shoebox in the car.|
|Guardian Guide 14–20 Aug. 21: At the police station you’ll find a series of mug shots.|
|Hip-Hop Connection Jan.–Feb. 32: Spendin a night in the clink and posing for mug shots.|
|Pain Killers 47: Riffing through the prisoner files, scoping out a ninety-seven-tear-old’s mug shot.|
|Alphaville (2011) 324: ‘You know these guys?’ Benton asked as he dropped a pair of mug shot blowups on the table.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] She picked up one of the mug shots from the table.‘Dread Fellow Churls’ in|
|Squeeze Me 109: Angie [...] showed her a mug shot of Keever Bracco.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|In For Life 60: Posing before the camera for my ‘mug shot’ picture.|
|Homeboy 129: Would Ah Toy be willing to come down to headquarters to look through some mugshot books?|
|Running the Books 42: An old-fashioned mug shot number sign.|
3. synon., in non-police work, e.g. a publicity photograph.
|Ringolevio 81: Kenny would [...] kiss the mug shots which accompanied their [ie. journalists] bylines.|
|Honourable Schoolboy 136: ‘Front page mugshot, banner headlines.’.|
|Holden’s Performance (1989) 269: Not only mugshots of Mr Frank McBee, MP, scratching himself like Napoleon at state functions.|
|Guardian G2 27 July 13: Each one of his paintings is a mugshot of a pliable surface.|
|Indep. Rev. 22 Mar. 11: She laughs off a 20-year-old mugshot of herself pasted on to the front page.|
|I, Fatty 206: Who’d have expected to see Pathé’s pointy kisser on anything but a mug shot?|
4. attrib. use of sense 3.
|Huffington Post 31 Aug. [Internet] There’s a new hot mugshot guy taking the fashion world by storm.|