mixed bag


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

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mixed bag was in 1919

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“Mixed bag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mixed%20bag. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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