grab bag

noun

Definition of grab bag

1 : a receptacle (such as a bag) containing small articles which are to be drawn (as at a party or fair) without being seen
2 : a miscellaneous collection : potpourri

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Examples of grab bag in a Sentence

Congress has proposed a grab bag of tax cuts. the festival featured a grab bag of independent films from widely disparate genres
Recent Examples on the Web The grab bag of funding, however, must be allocated by local and state governments by Dec. 30. Washington Post, "Some pandemic aid for the jobless and for renters may end soon. Here’s what you need to know.," 19 Dec. 2020 To help get these great book donations back out into the community, The Friends of the Welles Turner Library created a grab bag of books-to-go program. courant.com, "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 2 Oct. 2020 To help get these great book donations back out into the community, The Friends of the Welles Turner Library created a grab bag of books-to-go program. courant.com, "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 2 Oct. 2020 But rather than pursue a focused strategy to jump-start investment in struggling neighborhoods, the city ended up giving money to a grab bag of entities and projects. Haru Coryne, ProPublica, "Disinvested: How Government and Private Industry Let the Main Street of a Black Neighborhood Crumble," 11 Nov. 2020 To help get these great book donations back out into the community, The Friends of the Welles Turner Library created a grab bag of books-to-go program. courant.com, "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 2 Oct. 2020 The legible deflating and reflating of silhouette that defined the 1870-1950s timeline is replaced here by a veritable grab bag of styles. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Everything to Know About The Met’s “About Time: Fashion and Duration” Exhibition," 26 Oct. 2020 Although Donald Trump repeatedly criticized the Iraq War during his campaign for president, his foreign policy team—a grab bag of militarists and malcontents ranging from Mike Pompeo to John Bolton—has shown little affinity for dismantling hegemony. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, "America Has No Duty to Rule the World," 21 Oct. 2020 Yo La Tengo each have a new EP on the independent label Matador, and each is a grab bag in the best sense, filled with original material and covers that jell into a mix of contentment and surprise. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "Comforting EPs for Troubled Times," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of grab bag

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Dec 2020

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“Grab bag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grab%20bag. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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grab bag

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grab bag

US
: a bag that holds many small gifts and that you reach into in order to pull one out without knowing what it is
informal : a group or mixture of different things

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