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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Rebounding off a record like that can be a mixed bag for any professional team trying to do so in the same season their streak ends. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders alone will define what their post-record winning streak legacy will be," 25 Sep. 2018 Proponents of reform are likely to consider the guidelines a mixed bag. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Denounces Sex-Abuse ‘Plague’ Amid Pressure for Reforms," 21 Feb. 2019 This mixed bag suggests that ideology simply wasn’t the decisive factor. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The strange argument that Democrats actually lost the midterms, debunked," 9 Nov. 2018 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

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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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