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
Recent Examples on the Web Such virtual shows are a mixed bag, many drag performers agree. Dallas News, "‘It’s a struggle’: How Dallas’ drag queens are making it work in the COVID-19 pandemic," 3 Jan. 2021 WotC is five months into its quest to diversify Dungeons & Dragons, and the results are a mixed bag. Matthew Gault, Wired, "Dungeons, Dragons, and Diversity," 31 Dec. 2020 The Gators’ season has been a mixed bag, with losses to Dwyer and Jupiter and wins over Forest Hill, Wellington and Palm Beach Lakes. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "High school football predictions for state and tri-county playoff semifinals," 9 Dec. 2020 Digital drama has been a mixed bag, but amid the Zoom madness there have been occasions when our laptops have turned into rabbit holes for curious adventure. Charles Mcnulty Theater Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Best theater in 2020: In a year to forget, virtuoso performances to remember," 8 Dec. 2020 Segueing over to the R&B categories, however, reveals a mixed bag of nominations that encompasses major and indie label artists, unexpected pop-ups and enduring faves that will please R&B fans on the one hand. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Jhene Aiko, Beyonce, Chloe x Halle & H.E.R. Lead Mixed Bag of R&B Grammy Nominations," 24 Nov. 2020 The offshore energy industry is expecting a mixed bag of policies from the Biden administration. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Strong offshore oil lease sale ahead of Biden ban," 18 Nov. 2020 On top of that, investors got a mixed bag of economic data Thursday morning. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Stocks tumble on concerns about no stimulus deal and more Covid restrictions to come," 15 Oct. 2020 Like a lot of first-generation Apple devices, the result is a mixed bag. Dan Patterson, CBS News, "Getting started with MagSafe, the iPhone 12's best new feature," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of mixed bag

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mixed bag was in 1919

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9 Jan 2021

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“Mixed bag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mixed%20bag. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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