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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There will be door prizes, health screenings, grab bags, entertainment and speakers. Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend-area calendar of events," 12 Aug. 2019 Then, there’s the thing that CD Projekt Red is showing behind closed doors: a good-looking but generic shooter-RPG hybrid with an ‘80s retro-futuristic sensibility and a grab bag of William Gibson references. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t look weird enough to be edgy," 14 June 2019 There is no such thing as frustration or irritation, only a grab bag of neuronal activities taking place in far-flung regions of the brain. Andrew Stark, WSJ, "‘Conscience’ Review: Wired to Care," 12 June 2019 Daniel Fish’s Oklahoma! is another beast entirely, using a grab bag of experimental theater tropes (and terrific new country-western orchestrations) to find the dark heart beneath this sunny American classic. Adam Green, Vogue, "Takeaways From the 2019 Tony Nominations: Downtown Comes to Broadway," 30 Apr. 2019 For now, there’s a grab bag of upgrades and new additions. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10: What to expect in the next two releases," 14 Aug. 2019 For production duties, she's enlisted a grab bag of producers, but even Mirwais, who helped keep her career going on Music and Confessions on a Dancefloor, can’t rekindle any of those albums’ sense of fun or poppy concision. Jonny Coleman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Madonna's Cringe-Worthy 'Madame X'," 14 June 2019 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

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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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