mixed bag


Definition of mixed bag

1 : a miscellaneous collection : assortment
2 : one having both positive and negative qualities or aspects his performance was a mixed bag

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Examples of mixed bag in a Sentence

His performance was a mixed bag. a mixed bag of professional astronomers and amateur enthusiasts attended the conference

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So the agreement taking shape in Poland seems to be a mixed bag. Umair Irfan, Vox, "World leaders are working out a climate deal in Poland — despite Trump," 14 Dec. 2018 Despite the enthusiasm, Canadian marijuana producers and sellers could get off to a slow start because of supply problems, limited retail locations and a mixed bag of regulations across the country’s provinces and territories. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada’s Legalization of Marijuana Offers a Test Case for Other Countries," 17 Oct. 2018 The Crossover breaks down the biggest winners and losers from a mixed bag of a draft night. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Biggest Winners and Losers," 22 June 2018 Photo: Shelby Ross/Getty Mnemophobia—Fear of Memories Life is full of good times and bad, resulting in a mixed bag of memories. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "10 Fascinating Phobias," 14 Sep. 2010 But there are limited retail locations and providers are still trying to unravel a mixed bag of regulations across the country. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Uber’s Loaded Trailers; JD.com Seeking Packages; ‘Self-Declared’ Postal Rates," 18 Oct. 2018 Democrats have moved Bernie’s way — a mixed bag for Sanders Hillary Clinton had some daunting advantages over Sanders in the 2016 primary, but the dynamics of that campaign also left him with a lot of open space to play in. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The controversy over Bernie Sanders’s proposed Stop BEZOS Act, explained," 11 Sep. 2018 Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina provide stunning examples of devastating flooding of conduit and nodes, and research shows a mixed bag of service outages and restoration. Rob Goodier, Popular Mechanics, "How Climate Change Could Break the Internet," 19 July 2018 House members seeking higher office in the 2018 midterms have had a mixed bag of results in the first series of primaries this year. Dan Merica, CNN, "Running for higher office as a member of Congress? Be forewarned.," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of mixed bag

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mixed bag

: a collection of different kinds of things

: something that has both good and bad qualities or parts

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