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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Organ meats are a mixed bag: On one hand, they are packed with nutrients like vitamin A and folic acid, both of which are good for the heart. Alix Wall, sun-sentinel.com, "Some much-loved American Jewish classic foods may increase risk of cancer," 10 July 2019 Look back: Arizona’s 2018 campaign was a mixed bag. Luis Torres, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 51 Arizona, Kevin Sumlin strive to rebound from bumpy year," 6 July 2019 Conversations through LifeMix, however, are a mixed bag. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "We Tried Dolby's $600 Dimension Headphones. Are They Worth the Massive Price Tag?," 2 July 2019 But big-name retail news here can also be a mixed bag. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Nordstrom will close its downtown Anchorage store," 27 June 2019 The state did well on measures related to economic and social factors, but health and education were a mixed bag. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Kids Count report shows more child deaths in Colorado despite other improvements," 17 June 2019 While the songs were good, the show itself was a mixed bag. Ashley Naftule, azcentral, "Train took a victory lap in hit-filled Phoenix show but Goo Goo Dolls brought better songs," 13 June 2019 Preseason games are a mixed bag because teams field lineups cobbled together from veterans, prospects and career minor-leaguers, though the Wings and Maple Leafs have in the past few years agreed to field NHL-heavy lineups for one of their meetings. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' preseason schedule features rivals, lots of internal competition," 13 June 2019 The initiative has been something of a mixed bag so far: Japan has succeeded in steadily increasing the share of working women over the past few years, though critics say that many of these female workers have moved into lower-level jobs. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Maxine Waters, Donald Trump, #MeToo Stats: Broadsheet June 26," 26 June 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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