mish·​mash | \ ˈmish-ˌmash, -ˌmäsh\

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Examples of mishmash in a Sentence

the painting was just a mishmash of colors and abstract shapes as far as we could tell

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Amazon 4-star’s mishmash of products are grouped using web metrics, such as top-selling items in New York City, books with more than 4.8 stars and items frequently bought together. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Inside the New Amazon 4-Star Store, a Novelty Gift Shop," 27 Sep. 2018 Sport a mishmash of here and there, and, hopefully, your trinkets will keep summer’s splendor alive. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Have Travel, Will Shop: The Best Pieces From Around the World (And Those You Can Buy Online, Too)," 6 Sep. 2018 In 2009, Obama began an effort to revise the federal standards to harmonize a mishmash of greenhouse-gas and fuel-economy standards set by federal agencies and California. Hiroko Tabuchi, The Seattle Times, "California strikes back against the Trump administration’s auto-pollution rollback," 7 Aug. 2018 There are few places where such a mishmash of items makes sense besides in an art museum gift shop. Micaela Marini Higgs, Vox, "The complicated relationship between art and commerce has a home in the museum gift shop.," 7 Nov. 2018 The paper is a mishmash of approaches, none of which include severe anti-trust action like breaking up the companies in question. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "If You Want To Fix Facebook, Tear Down Its Walls," 31 July 2018 Privacy - Terms While touring the ruins of Fort Churchill, Zimmern dined on son-of-a-gun stew — a mishmash of beef, elk, antelope and assorted vegetables cooked in a Dutch oven — and boiled elk tongue. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Pony Express-themed "Bizarre Foods" episode takes celebrity chef into Sacramento," 2 July 2018 Summer League can be a difficult environment for bigs to produce in general, given the mishmash nature of rosters that skew young. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Rookie Report Cards: The Most Noteworthy Summer League Showings," 11 July 2018 In Swiss uniforms, while celebrating with the Albanian eagle, the two players embody immigrant identity and self-expression — with all its hybridity, historical references and mishmash of allegiances. Ani Kokobobo, Washington Post, "For Albanians, it’s not just an eagle. Here’s the deeper story those World Cup fines.," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of mishmash

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mishmash

Middle English & Yiddish; Middle English mysse masche, perhaps reduplication of mash mash; Yiddish mish-mash, perhaps reduplication of mishn to mix

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English Language Learners Definition of mishmash

: a confused mixture of things

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to gather or build up little by little

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