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

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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

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Trump is promoting a grab bag of new proposals as evidence of campaign promises kept while Democrats question the timing of the policy flurry so close to the elections. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Trump pitches policy in final midterm message," 27 Oct. 2018 The assortment of chairs around the sleek dining room table, a grab bag of pieces by Jean Prouvé, pays tribute to Drouin’s grandfather. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "9 maximalist interiors that get the style right," 4 Sep. 2018 Cigarette smoke is a grab bag of chemicals — including 250 that are well-known to be bad for us, according to the National Cancer Institute. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Is nicotine actually bad for you?," 10 Aug. 2018 Mars is fairly obvious, and Planets That Are Not Mars is a grab bag of loony, exciting, comic-book stuff. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Jet Propulsion Laboratory: NASA's Crazy, Kooky, Legendary Research Facility," 3 Nov. 2016 To discover what else is included in this global grab bag — other finds are sourced from Mexico, London, New Zealand — visit Jesse Dorris, House Beautiful, "Home Delivery: Todd Selby's Care Package from Svbscription," 18 June 2013 And on Saturday, Harrell and other sisters grabbed bags, gloves and blue and gold T-shirts and went out to do some service for their community. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "‘Add “performing community service while Black” to the list of things that make you suspicious’," 15 May 2018 Don't be too quick to dismiss the $2-a-pop grab bags, which are usually on display toward the front of the store. Beth Kaufman, Good Housekeeping, "9 Money-Saving Secrets for Shopping at Michaels," 11 Feb. 2016 Charles Mingus perhaps came closest to turning a grab bag of approaches, from Dixieland to atonality, into a unified jazz stance. Ted Gioia, WSJ, "‘Heaven and Earth’ by Kamasi Washington Review: Musical Miracle Worker?," 20 June 2018

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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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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
informal : a group or mixture of different things

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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