grab bag


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

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 Appeals can often be a grab bag of every possible argument in favor of overturning a verdict, criminal-defense lawyers said. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2022 University presidents typically face a grab bag of hurdles. Globe Staff,, 28 Dec. 2021 Breast cancer survivors will be able to drive through the lot to pick up their pre-purchased Pink Elephant grab bag and silent auction items. Madison Bateman,, 15 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, the Build Back Better bill started as a $3.5 trillion grab bag of everything that progressives want but couldn’t get in the infrastructure bill. Rich Lowry, National Review, 16 Nov. 2021 And yet for a grab bag of reasons, carbon markets remain largely regional. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2021 Proposal 1 is a grab bag; the state elections board takes over 5,500 words just to describe and recite it, including a cap on the size of the state senate. The Editors, National Review, 1 Nov. 2021 With costs in mind, progressives in the House are pushing for a final package that implements a grab bag of priority programs for shorter periods of time, as opposed to just a few programs with longer timelines. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 20 Oct. 2021 The political situation is further complicated by the fact that the Build Back Better Act is something of a grab bag, containing elements that fight poverty, expand health care, and combat climate change. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 12 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of grab bag

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of grab bag was in 1855

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12 Jan 2022

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“Grab bag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of grab bag

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


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