- a container or receptacle from which a person at a party or the like draws a gift without knowing what it is.
- any miscellaneous collection.
Origin of grab bag
Examples from the Web for grab-bag
Figures from that grab-bag list also made their way into the requirements for United States history and government.In Texas Textbooks, Moses Is a Founding Father
September 22, 2014
As for the rest of the meeting last week, it was a grab-bag of potential culture-war battles, some big and some small.Southern Baptists Take Baby Steps Away from the Culture Wars
June 14, 2014
It was like a grab-bag, but glorified and raised to a more generous level.Chimney-Pot Papers
Charles S. Brooks
Do you think Miss Matilda could mean to have a Christmas grab-bag for us?
I have had some rare fun over it for it is much on the principle of a grab-bag at a fair.Talbot's Angles
Amy E. Blanchard
The relation between the grab-bag and the gaming-table is not inconceivable.The Little Gleaner, Vol. X.
So that's the prize poor old Renshaw drew from the Western grab-bag!The Mayor of Warwick
Herbert M. Hopkins
- a collection of miscellaneous things
- US, Canadian and Australian a bag or other container from which gifts are drawn at random
Word Origin and History for grab-bag
Idioms and Phrases with grab-bag
A miscellaneous collection, as in The meeting amounted to a grab bag of petty complaints. This term alludes to a container offered at a party or fair, where one dips in for a party favor or prize without knowing what one will get. [Mid-1800s]