mixed bag

noun

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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The Blue Angels currently fly a mixed bag of older Hornet fighters. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Blue Angels Are Getting a Super Upgrade," 28 July 2016 Anchoring up on old foundations seems to be working well for a mixed bag of walleye, crappie and white bass. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Heat has slowed action on some lakes, but not all," 13 June 2018 The results were a mixed bag for the three most abundant nesting ducks in Wisconsin. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: As habitat dwindles, duck numbers deserve a close watch," 4 July 2018 Mueller's latest legal action is a mixed bag for Trump. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Mueller’s latest indictment is a mixed bag for Trump," 8 June 2018 Last quarter's results have been a mixed bag for the department-store industry. Lindsey Rupp, chicagotribune.com, "Kohl's sees headwinds in second half, leading investors to sell," 22 May 2018 Simply put, the historical context of first-time postseason players—even among the NBA’s legends—can charitably be described as a mixed bag, but Simmons is in position to buck that trend. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Ben Simmons Proving He Can Thrive As Philly's Lone Star," 16 Apr. 2018 On Tuesday, Emira Woods, a Liberian-American advocate for immigrants, described the president’s decision as a mixed bag. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Trump Ends Temporary Immigration Status for Thousands of Liberians," 27 Mar. 2018 Recent Form Australia's recent form has been a mixed bag in terms of results but for the most part their performances have been positive. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Australia vs Peru -Recent Form, Team News, Predictions & More," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of mixed bag

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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mixed bag

noun

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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