grab bag


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

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grab bag was in 1855

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“Grab bag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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